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St. John's Co-Cathedral

St. John Street, Valletta, Island of Malta, Malta
+356 2248 0400
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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 an important shrine and a sacred place of worship. It is also a venue for cultural events. The construction was commissioned in 1572 by Grand Master Jean de la Cassière to serve as the conventual church of the Knights of Malta and designed by the Maltese military architect Gerolamo Cassar. The church was dedicated to St John the Baptist, the patron saint of the Order. The oratory holds the biggest and only signed masterpiece by Caravaggio. St John’s church is administered by the St John’s Co-Cathedral Foundation responsible for the religious cultural heritage of the monument.
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St. John Street, Valletta, Island of Malta, Malta
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

St. John’s Cathedral is a must do. The Baroque architecture and artwork is stunning. Take time to learn the history. The church was built as the church of the Knights of St. John. Several of the nights and the grandmasters of the nights donated many...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I don’t want to take anything away from the beauty of this building but I was disappointed in the crowds and the fact that we were not told when we entered that we would have limited time to view everything. You get an audio guide...More

Thank pedlerpegg
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Reviewed yesterday

I have been in many cathedrals but St John's is both beautiful plus a museum in one, telling the history of the Knights of St John plus the added bonus of 'that painting'... (Caravaggio's 'Beheading of St John the Baptist' - stunning!)

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I have visited churches throughout Europe, but this is possible the best and most impressive. First of all it is really massive. Second, it is a great example of baroque style often seen in Italy. Finally, it is two paintings by Caravaggio, his first and...More

Thank JTKnott
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A temple which is glorious.... It has world finest art...it has two caravaggio paintings but a must is his largest the beheading of St john....impressive...moving ....only one he signed....and in his own blood.... don't miss

Thank artsmart2018
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Best thing we saw in Malta. Multi-lingual audio guide covered by entrance fee kept the noise down in this place of worship as well as being very informative. Other cathedrals worldwide would do well to copy their example

Thank geraldinetrevella
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Incredible piece of architecture. This place is amazing, full of Baroch interior and amazing works of art. Caravaggio's Beheading of St John is truly magnificent and worth the entrance fee alone. Great audio guide too. There is a dress code but covering is provided.

Thank Robert M
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Impressive baroque church with some interesting floor mosaics which were where knights are entombed.

Thank MountainTopMister
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Glorious and opulent Baroque cathedral. In every sense, St John's Co-Cathedral is magnificent - from the amazing ceilings to the mortality-reminding Knights' memorial stones. The individual chapels to the "Langues" are fascinating with each trying to out-do the other with use of gold, ornateness and...More

Thank Chris M
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This cathedral is amazing though it is hard to absorb everything on your first visit. Everywhere you look there is some intricate detail to behold. At 10 Euros it is well worth the price and less for concessions. When I return to Valletta I will...More

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Marivilly
8 May 2018|
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Response from Boozemobil S | Reviewed this property |
Well I was there in Sept/October last year and it was quite warm T-shirt and shorts weather so check the long range forecasts and you should be ok.
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16 February 2018|
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Response from robbiemactours | Reviewed this property |
Allow at least two hours to do both. There is a lot worth taking the time for!
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Response from Goldenwords | Reviewed this property |
No it's not far to walk around as long as its not too hot. Get a good map and chart out your route. Go the the Battlements first and then you will get an idea of where everything else is. Try and find out when the cruise... More
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