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St. Paul's Anglican Pro-Cathedral, Valletta

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St Paul's Pro-Cathedral, officially The Pro-Cathedral and Collegiate Church of Saint Paul, is an Anglican pro-cathedral of the Diocese in Europe situated in Independence Square, Valletta, Malta. A "pro-cathedral", is a church with cathedral status though not being the main cathedral. It is one of three cathedrals of the Anglican Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe.Origin and constructionThe cathedral was commissioned by the Dowager Queen Adelaide during a visit to Malta in the 19th Century when she found out that there was no place of Anglican worship on the island. Prior to this Anglican services were held in a room in the Grand Master’s Palace. Built on the site of the Auberge d'Allemagne (the conventual home of the German Knights Hospitaller), the cathedral was designed by William Scamp and was built between 1839 and 1844. Queen Adelaide laid the foundation stone on 20 March 1839 and her banner hangs above the choir stalls. The original plans were designed by Richard Lankasheer however the building proved unstable thus work had to resume on plans by Scamp in 1841. Scamp's designs located the altar on the west side of the church however the Bishop of Gibraltar had a more conservative view, thus the designs were altered and Scump designed an apse inside the great doors to hold the sanctuary on the east side.
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The small city of Valetta offers fewer lodging options than some of Malta's larger cities, but accommodations include everything from upscale hotels to less-expensive guesthouses. Stay in the city center at one of several old-fashioned hotels to be in close proximity to sights like St. Johns Co-Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, multiple museums, and a wide variety of restaurants. One fun option involves renting traditional Valletta houses that have been converted into rental properties and date back to the time of the Knights of Malta. Smaller bed and breakfasts are dispersed throughout the city. Book well in advance to avoid high prices.
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  • We sat to the right (out of view) during our pre-Christmas visit to Valletta. The service was meaningful and simple. And of course the place was pretty much at capacity. As Canadians we were caught of...  more »
  • Malta is full of very ornate, richly decorated churches that can come across as quite oppressive. This church is much lighter, not so dark and ornate, with plain glass. Building work going on at the m...  more »
  • Charming Anglican cathedral. Does not have the grandeur of some of Malta's cathedral but nice quiet place and very welcoming guides.  more »
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  • Not so interesting architecturally but people tend to be friendly and welcoming.
  • Since moving to Malta in February we have attended St Pauls and have found it to be a friendly and welcoming place to worship. we also have attended some great social occasions and have met some really charming people, some residents and some visitors. If you are visiting Malta or have moved here St Pauls is a great stopping off place to visit.
  • Stunning dome inside. Well worth the visit (especially if you go before you go to St.John's)
  • Visiting Malta on holiday. I was made to feel very welcome at the Cathedral by Rita and Fr. Howard. It was a privilege to join in the Eucharistic whilst there.
  • Brilliant piece of architecture inside out! The spire can be seen from everywhere!