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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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Start your visit to this unique church by looking at its 17th century façade, and then enter the church from the side entrance. The information that is read about this church does not do justice to what you can actually see and admire. You would...More

Thank Vince053
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An absolutely gorgeous cathedral. No waiting line when we went mid afternoon. Must see the 2 Caravaggio paintings!! You can’t go to Valletta, Malta and not visit this!

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We visited St John’s co-cathedral after our free walking tour of Valletta and it did not disappoint. The opulence of the paneling, stunning artwork by Caravaggio, marble sculptures depicting various scenes and ornate flooring were all truly memorable. Highly recommend visiting.

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A side entrance does not prepare you for the beauty inside. This was truly spectacular and so full of amazing details and history as well as the famous paintings. Walk up to the dome viewing well worth while.

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Beautiful outside, surprised I had to pay to enter but it was full of information and such beauty. I even dragged my bad knee up the winding 45-step staircase for the best view.

Thank Susan P
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What a fantastic building to visit. Headsets provided with a very informative discriptiom throughout the tour. Amazing painting throughout the building. Well worth a visit

Thank Caroline A
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Definitely a must do it is simply beautiful in side, go in the morning before the crowds 10 euro to get in

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Reviewed 2 days ago 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

Thank joehebda
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Reviewed 2 days ago 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 2 days ago

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!)

Thank NickS-Barnes
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Marivilly
7 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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OJ1982
15 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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Jan E
24 September 2017|
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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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