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St. John's Co-Cathedral, Valletta

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Architectural Building Religious Site
Considered one the finest examples of High Baroque architecture in Europe, St. John's Co-Cathedral represents one of the world's celebrated churches. The impressive structure was built by the Knights of Malta between 1573 and 1578. Though the exterior is somewhat rough, resembling a military fort, the interior boasts intricately carved walls, a painted vaulted ceiling, and a marble floor made up of Knight's tombs. Visit the cathedral's seven chapels, all filled with elaborate riches and dedicated to the different patron saints of the Knights. Don't miss Caravaggio's masterpiece, "The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist" (1608) in the Oratory, for which it was commissioned. An informative audio guide is included in the price of admission. Note that high heels are not permitted in the cathedral to preserve the marble floor. Slippers can be purchased on site. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Valletta holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the St. John's Co-Cathedral and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • This is a beautiful ornate cathedral in the heart of Valetta. It is well worth taking the time to view the different chapels and also visit the beautiful paintings housed in the Oratory, in particular...  more »
  • Well worth a visit and the audio guide is excellent. Why is it that we seem very happy to accept that we have to pay an admission charge to enter many of the great Cathedrals abroad yet many moan abou...  more »
  • This is a large and beautiful cathedral in the centre of Valletta in Malta. Well worth visiting to see the internal decoration.  more »
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  • We went to see this church today Sunday. The mass was about to begin. As we were wearing summer clothes, we've been asked to cover my shoulder and wrapped around skirt if you were wearing shorts. Amazing structure.
  • Breath-taking from the moment you walk in. The price of the ticket includes an audio guide, which is really worth it. The history of this place is fascinating. A little surprise was the Caravaggio pieces, which I didn't know where part of the collection. Definitely worth visiting.
  • Such an incredible cathedral. Not the biggest cathedral, but it is very ornate and spectacular inside. The audio guide is included and one the best audio guides I have listened to. Super interesting to learn about the history of not only the cathedral, but of Valletta itself
  • Must see in Valletta, stunning cathedral, art and carvings are amazing, so much history and beauty in one place. Had a guided tour but would defintely visit again and have more time to see it fully. Two Caraveggio paintings were breathtaking.
  • A must see place! Personally, I have been to lots of cathedrals of different styles but I was still amazed by its fascinating interior. Two impressive Caravaggio's paintings were exhibited. Highly recommend and it worth every penny.