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“So ornate!”

St. John's Co-Cathedral
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Ranked #4 of 117 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 23 June 2018 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.

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Reviewed 23 June 2018

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

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Reviewed 23 June 2018 via mobile

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 22 June 2018 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 of the high value artworks. The amazing thing the church is not just a museum but still an active place of warship. The entrance fee includes a handheld audio guy with a map that makes it easy for visitors. The cathedral is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist. One of the key pieces of artwork is a painting by Carvaggio Titled the beheading of Saint John the Baptist. Caravaggio is an interesting dude. He wasn’t made a member of the Knights of St. John and then expelled from the order in the cathedral and actually in the chapel where are his masterpiece is displayed.

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Reviewed 22 June 2018 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 but I had only listened to a few of the commentaries before being hurried by a member of staff to the Caravaggio room to see the two main paintings there.
The paintings are great and the barrel-vaulted ceiling is too as well as the 8 chapels of the ‘langues’ of the order of St. John but allow yourself plenty of time and if you can, when it’s not too busy. The museum containing the tapestries was also closed when we visited.
Go, but allow yourself plenty of time!

Thank pedlerpegg
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