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St Paul's Catacombs

St Agatha Street, Rabat, Island of Malta 2013, Malta
+356 2145 4562
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OPEN MONDAY - SUNDAY from 09.00 Till 17.00Hrs (last admission at 16.30Hrs). St.Paul's Catacombs are a typical complex of interconnected, underground Roman cemeteries that were in use up to the 4th century AD. They are located on the outskirts of the old Roman capital Melite (today's Mdina), since Roman law prohibited burials within the city. St Paul's Catacombs represent the earliest and largest archaeological evidence of Christianity in Malta. The site was cleared and investigated in 1894 by Dr A.A. Caruana, the pioneer of Christian era archaeology in Malta.
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St Agatha Street, Rabat, Island of Malta 2013, Malta
+356 2145 4562
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This place is quote special and it's not something you can see everyday. Most of the catacombs look the same, even though they have a different entrance. For someone who is passionate about history, this place is your go to place in Malta. Not ideal...More

Thank Paul S
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I did like the catacombs: narrow and spooky, definitely not the best idea if you are suffering from claustrophobia. Especially in the summer months when it's touristy it can be a bit crowded. The entrance fee is combined with a visit of the Wignancourt Museum...More

Thank Heidi H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The catacombs are interesting and a bit humid. Don't go in the hottest hours. Don't go here if you are afraid of dark and little spaces!

Thank Silvia B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Awesome place to visit just before you go into Mdina. Large catacombs complex that makes you wonder how could people do it in that times without any heavy machinery. A great place full of history, must do.

Thank António A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited with friends on a hot day in 🇲🇹 Malta. These were pretty neat to see and I highly recommend as long as your not to Fobic and afraid of close spaces.

Thank Carolyn427
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We tried to attend the catacombs but it was impossible due to the unpoliteness of the staff, at 16h15 of the 9th August 2017. Apart from giving miss information, they even started yelling with us like a mad woman, we couldn't understand why. We were...More

Thank Manuel F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came late in the afternoon so it was a bit rushed. There isn't much to see in the catacombs themselves and it could get a bit claustrophobic if there were lots of people visiting. My main complaint however is that we weren't given any...More

1  Thank David a
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Myself as an 13 year old actually found it quite creepy and scary especially when it's dark in the catacombs. But overall I thought the site was quite astonishing as to how these catacombs were dug using no machinery in the past. But I actually...More

2  Thank GreenKiwi0714
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Walk through some of the many, many underground hallways and rooms carved from the rocks were used for burials, and as bomb shelters in WW2.

1  Thank kht53
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just around the corner from the main church in Rabat, Wignacourt Collegiate Museum houses the cave that St Paul supposedly lived in when he shipwrecked on Malta. There's a beautiful chapel attached to it & nearby the catacombs where early Christians worshiped & were buried....More

Thank Barbara H
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Todd P
8 May 2016|
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Response from DrMarkES | Reviewed this property |
I just took the tour myself. There area few shops outside the chapel that have some booklets and explain all the rooms, kitchen, meeting room and the use of the catacombs by the Brits in WWII. I suggest you do it yourself... More
12 November 2015|
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Response from drvelo | Reviewed this property |
Better not to go with a stroller , the catacombs are quite narrow and with many up and downs . Normally there are no crowds , so you can choose any convenient time for you .