St. John's Co-Cathedral

St. John's Co-Cathedral, Valletta

St. John's Co-Cathedral
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
09:30 - 12:00
Monday
09:30 - 16:00
Tuesday
09:30 - 16:00
Wednesday
09:30 - 16:00
Thursday
09:30 - 16:00
Friday
09:30 - 16:00
Saturday
09:30 - 12:00
About
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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from €13.45
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D13O
The Hague, The Netherlands205 contributions
Extremly opulent
Sep 2021
This church has to be seen to believe. Every nook and cranny has been filled with grave monuments, paintings and leaf gold (paint). The ceiling is beautifully painted and the painting by Caravaggio is impressive. The main downside is that you will not know where to look, even with the elaborate audio guide.
Written 20 September 2021
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Tom C
2 contributions
Worth a visit
Sep 2021
We really recommend people to visit this Cathedral when you're in Malta. We were very impressed with the artworks by Caravaggio. Not to be missed!
Written 19 September 2021
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roberthebruce
Edinburgh, UK36 contributions
Mesmerizing place that breathes Malta's history
Sep 2021
Sometimes a building just blows you away - and this one of them. It is visually spectacular and one of the most interesting ways to learn about the Knights of St John that ran Malta for almost 300 years. The Caravaggio paintings in the oratory alone make it worth the visit, Despite its scale, it retains a sense of spirituality.
Written 15 September 2021
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trhode194271
5 contributions
Caravaggio painting
Sep 2021
Very interesting. Good audio guide available. The Caravaggio painting was very impressive. Remember that shoulders need to be covered.
Written 15 September 2021
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Margaret M
129 contributions
Beautiful
Sep 2021
The outside of the cathedral is very impressive and the golden stone seems to glow. Inside it is beautifully ornate and even more impressive than outside.
Written 12 September 2021
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fssutton1
Charleston, SC721 contributions
Perfect
Sep 2021
amazing, really ornate and very clean. A must see if you are into European churches etc. They also have a bathroom although it is limited.
Written 11 September 2021
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Mirandawoods
Hutton Rudby, UK10 contributions
Best visit to cathedral ever!
Sep 2021
Fantastic experience, incredible video about Caravaggio, informative headphone set recording and pictures, and exceptionally well organised! Priceless!
Written 7 September 2021
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Faziri
London, UK84 contributions
Amazing place.
Aug 2021 • Couples
Amazing place. It’s a must see, the art, culture and history is fantastic. Od recommend going before peak hours to avoid the queues.
Written 31 August 2021
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Enjoydifference
London, United Kingdom375 contributions
Worth going
Aug 2021 • Couples
Worth your time, but avoid going around lunch time, that is the busiest. I have not realised how important Malta was in European history, to this degree, until I have visited this Cathedral. Jaw dropping.
Written 28 August 2021
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Skippyt70_
Swindon, UK26 contributions
Definitely worth a visit
Aug 2021 • Couples
The cathedral is stunning. The interior is awash with the most amazing art. The entrance fee is reasonable too.
Written 26 August 2021
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Frequently Asked Questions about St. John's Co-Cathedral

St. John's Co-Cathedral is open:
  • Mon - Fri 09:30 - 16:00
  • Sat - Sat 09:30 - 12:00
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