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St. John's Co-Cathedral, Valletta
(4.7/5 based on 5,500+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Beautiful Cathedral with an international dimension full of paintings, including two works of Caravaggio. Has been used for more than two hundred years in the Conventual Church of the order of the Knights of St. John. Not to be missed!
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  • Drop dead beautiful Cathedral, came to the service, not very comfortable to walk when recited the sermon. How nice.
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  • Beautiful, with competent guide who made us excite the history of the Knights of Malta and of the island's history.
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  • Steeped in the history of the Knights of Malta. Opulent and unique interior decor. Caravaggio's famous painting of the beheading of John the Baptist is displayed in the Oratory (now the Cathedral Museum). Worth a visit.
  • Lots of gold on the walls. One statue looked really bored. Lots of detailed paintings. Really liked the marble mosaic floors.
  • Audio guide is great. Very reasonably priced
  • Very impressive. Much more elaborate inside than I ever expected. The two Carvaggios are amazing to see in person. Priceless.
  • From the outside, the modest church, but inside - a jewel box in shining gold. It is worth a visit .