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“Stunning highlight of Valletta”

St. John's Co-Cathedral
Ranked #2 of 83 things to do in Valletta
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 22 June 2018

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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Reviewed 22 June 2018

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 last, with the last being the only one he ever signed.
Valletta is really a very beautiful city with many existing baroque style buildings. st. John's is the ultimate here.

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Reviewed 21 June 2018 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

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Reviewed 21 June 2018

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

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Reviewed 21 June 2018

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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