Considered one the finest examples of High Baroque architecture in Europe, St. John's Co-Cathedral represents one of the world's celebrated churches. The impressive structure was built by the Knights of Malta between 1573 and 1578. Though the exterior is somewhat rough, resembling a military fort, the interior boasts intricately carved walls, a painted vaulted ceiling, and a marble floor made up of Knight's tombs. Visit the cathedral's seven chapels, all filled with elaborate riches and dedicated to the different patron saints of the Knights. Don't miss Caravaggio's masterpiece, "The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist" (1608) in the Oratory, for which it was commissioned. An informative audio guide is included in the price of admission. Note that high heels are not permitted in the cathedral to preserve the marble floor. Slippers can be purchased on site. Arrange your visit to St. John's Co-Cathedral and discover more family-friendly attractions in Valletta using our Valletta trip maker site.
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St. John's Co-Cathedral Reviews
Amazingly opulent interior to this cathedral, which looks quite plain on the outside. Apparently the Knights of St. John came into a bit of money when they did the internal decor ;-) Anyway, worth... more »
We have seen plenty of cathedrals in our travels, but St. John's is a standout. In addition to being over-the-top spectacular, the thematic unity of the artwork and decoration (i.e., the different... more »
Marvelous cathedral in the heart of La Valletta, from the XVI century and dedicated to St John's Baptist. The inside looks just great, with painted roofs and marble floors. The oratory is impressive, with amazing Caravaggio paintings. Considering the audioguide is included in the price the entrance is not that expensive. Although I believe it should be maximum 6 Euros instead of 12. Worth a visit.
A must visit when in Valletta. A simply stunning building with a rich history. Outside does not prepare you for the amazing decoration inside. It does cost €10 each to enter which accept in cash or by card and it does get busy so there can be a long wait. We went shortly before last entry which was good as it thinned out as closing time approached but they do get you out promptly though. The also give you a talking guide to listen to as you wander around which provides historic detail. A beautiful place to visit.
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