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St. John's Co-Cathedral

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Built between 1573 and 1577, this cathedral contains two masterpieces by Caravaggio. St John’s Co-Cathedral is a gem of Baroque art and architecture. It was built as the conventual church for the Knights of St John. This church is till this very day...more
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St. John Street, Valletta, Island of Malta, Malta
+356 2248 0400
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Reviewed yesterday

This is truly and amazing place. So much gold and opulance was remarkable; the pictures were expertly laid out and just a brilliant experience.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed yesterday

A beautiful example of Baroque decoration. The Caravaggio paintings are stunning . The self guided audio tour was very detailed. A must see.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Jan G
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Was not impressed by the staff, they seem to have an attitude, we were individuals who were made to wait due the arrival of a large group of individual visitors, they all paid individually same as us but they were given priority! We had to...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank DavidIDBennett
Reviewed 2 days ago

The cathedral was the first place we visited. In all my years wandering around churches/cathedrals, I have never seen such a beautiful interior. There are ramps to all entrances and free handheld guides using headphones. The exterior gives the impression of a fortress, but inside...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank alanjbarker
Reviewed 2 days ago

It looks so insignificant from the outside, but inside its amazing! Don't miss this visit if you are in Valletta. The free handheld guide is really worth using, having enough detail to make the place come alive.

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Treetime4
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

After Russia, it was the best cathed that I have ever seen, the handcrafts with marbles is amazing! We went there twice and this has rarely happened for me before

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 517maryamk
Reviewed 3 days ago

Do not be misled by the simplicity of the external facade. The cathedral is a very large. truly Baroque monument. It has a beautiful marbled floor housing the graves of many dignified knights and important persons from the baroque age. Do not miss the Caravaggio,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank mariuc53
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The opulent baroque interior of the Co-Cathedral stands in sharp contrast to the classy mannerist outside. The Caravaggios are such a treat! Don’t forget to look up at the marvellous ceiling. A bit pricy to get into, but certainly worth it.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Jakub N
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Even having been to The Vatican and St Paul’s Basilica we were still impressed with this church. I was really glad we had been to the War Museum beforehand as we therefore knew the significance of the Knights if St John. The audio guides are...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 10ruthieg
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Worth a visit to see this cathedral, not only as a piece of history but also as a working cathedral and place of worship, providing insights into the challenging history of Malta. Cheaper entry for seniors (60+).

Date of experience: March 2019
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11 March 2019|
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Response from Andrew R | Reviewed this property |
The earlier the better is when we saw the fewest queuing people or if at all. Not aware of pre purchase tickets. Good luck.
10 March 2019|
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Response from norma4up | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I didn't see any wheel chairs but if you contacted the Cathedral I'm sure they could advise you on what to do. Perhaps it would be a good idea to go to Sunday service in the cathedral, as there are no tours that day... More
7 September 2018|
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Response from sandrahamblett | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately it will be closed but you can see the cannons being fired at 12