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St. John's Co-Cathedral

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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...more
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St. John Street, Valletta, Island of Malta, Malta
+356 2248 0400
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 8 July 2006

This is the most impressive church in Malta and also one of the most impressive that I have ever seen (and I have seen many churches). It was built between 1573 and 1577 according to plans from Girolamo Cassar, who was actually a military architect....More

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Reviewed 20 July 2014

Admittedly we got off to a bad start in Malta because we arrived at midnight and the pre-booked accommodation was inaccessible. Next day the 4 Star Hotel charged 12 Euros for their taxi up to the centre when later the Smart Car Taxis only charged...More

5  Thank Sandra C
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Totally worth visiting. Very well preserved and very interesting interior and exterior. It’s easy to reach with public transport which is a plus.

Thank acegeorgiev
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The ornate interior of the cathedral was definitely worth going to see.Inside you are given an audio guide which explains all the different areas and artwork of the cathedral. I found this very helpful as it is easy to miss things when there is so...More

Thank tizwaz
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Worth the visit if only for 5 minutes to look up at the ceiling. Respectful dress required. My teenage daughter was asked to put on her denim jacket as she just had a sun top on. Lovely cafe outside to take in the atmosphere of...More

Thank gillandtom
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The beauty of the paintings and sculptures is an awe inspiring sight. The Caravaggio painting is a must see.

Thank Dasariuk
Reviewed yesterday

The massive St. John’s Co-Cathedral is one of the most gorgeous Cathedral I've ever seen. It is covered in golden wall sculptures and everything is so opulent. It is definitely a gem of Baroque art and architecture! A must-see!

Thank thetravellingfrenchy
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Co-Cathedral of St.John was quite impressive with its opulence, one of the most decorated with gold and statues, I have seen during my travels. Well worth visiting, and is more enjoyable with a knowledgeable guide. One of the highlights was the original Caravaggio painting...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The church was nice to look at but not worth ten Euro entry fee (especially as the museum was closed). We enjoyed it to a point but felt a little short changed and wouldn’t visit again.

Thank S1775GCkarenf
Reviewed 2 days ago

You can browse the cathedral at your own pace. The Carvagio paintings are exquisite.True home of the Knights Templar. The fact that Dan Brown did not base his novel here indicates he is a lazy researcher.

Thank Daniel B
Reviewed 3 days ago

Do not miss this church it is absolutely stunning. My husband and I agreed that the church may even be more beautiful than the Vatican.

Thank Funlover58
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Fascinating Cathedral with 2 spectacular Caravaggio paintings. Wasn’t too busy but we were there mid week in November. Valletta is just so pretty.

Thank UkIsabella
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7 September 2018|
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Response from sandrahamblett | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately it will be closed but you can see the cannons being fired at 12
3 September 2018|
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Response from Debra B | Reviewed this property |
Yes if they are “nice” shorts like you would wear on a golf course. Any ladies with short shorts or halter tops were made to wear a paper cover up. My husband wore a polo shirt and golf shorts and there were many men dressed... More
24 July 2018|
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Response from Suzie C | Reviewed this property |
Pay on the door, ladies cover up out of respect men too. Avoid cruise ship times but by lunch time they are all in the restaurants and cafes, quite cool in there