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Address: St. John Street, Valletta, Island of Malta, Malta
Phone Number: +356 2122 0536
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Built between 1573 and 1577, this cathedral contains two masterpieces by...

Built between 1573 and 1577, this cathedral contains two masterpieces by Caravaggio.

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A baroque delight

I went to mass only to find myself distracted by the beauty of this cathedral. It is a masterpiece and gives you an inkling to the rich and long history of Malta - this is just... read more

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I went to mass only to find myself distracted by the beauty of this cathedral. It is a masterpiece and gives you an inkling to the rich and long history of Malta - this is just one example of the amazingly rich and diverse history of Malta

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Apparently it's a co-cathedral because the bishop here is also based at the cathedral in Mdina. This is a beautifully ornate structure with golden decorations shimmering everywhere from the sunlight streaming in. There are lots of side chapels to explore as well, and an oratory with two large Caravaggio canvases - he was apparently expelled from the order inside this... More 

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Willenhall, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Really enjoyed our time here and would recommend a visit to this famous landmark here in Malta. Very atmospheric and quite moving.

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Qormi, Malta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There is an entrance fee. You will be provided with an audio guide in relevant language. Inside is lavish - so much gold! A little advance knowledge of the history of the Knights will help. Don't miss Caravaggio's masterpiece.

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Sliema, Malta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

To pray is not the only purpose to visit the Cathedral. It's rich in architecture, paintings are famous world wide, The floor is covered with marble tomb stones with the coat of arms of the knights that are buried there which make the floor colourful. One must not forget to visit the silver gate that the locals had painted black... More 

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Thessaloniki, Greece
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful, big cathedral with much of details that show the wealth and the power of another age. Do not miss the chance to take a free audio guide. However, the admission fee to enter in a religion place was a bit high.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I had heard great things about this cathedral, and kind of expected to be disappointed as I am not a great fan of over-the-top baroque. But I found it truly beautiful and awe inspiring. So many amazing artworks in one place, the nave is fantastic and then there are many glorious side chapels to explore. Didn't listen to all the... More 

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Island of Malta, Malta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Plain from the outside but a genuine architectural gem once you enter, St. John's must be visited. Marble lapidae, elaborately sculptured walls, vault by Mattia Preti, masterpieces by Caravaggio, are but some of the magnificent artistic wonders found in this 450+ year old cathedral in the centre of Valletta.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Great place to visit. Architecture and art work is amazing Cost about €10.90 to visit which I thought was steep. I understand they rely on visitors to help keep it in good nick however with the amount of people there on even a winters day I imagine they had made 2 grand with just the people that were visiting at... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Never seen anywhere like this before - gold upon decorative gold inside - stunning. Not sure about the Caravaggio painting - very gory - but doubtless priceless. Can use your camera in most of the place albeit the results do not bear witness to the spectacle - no photos allowed of the Beheading of John the Baptist - not that... More 

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