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
I sang here many years ago with a school choir and was keen to return to take it all in again. What a fantastic building - don't judge a book by its cover. Most churches in Malta look plain on the... more »
The cathedral looks plain and ordinary from the outside and visitors may wonder if it is worthwhile to pay €10 for the entrance fee. However, the beautiful decorations and murals will immediately... more »
A beautiful and historic Cathedral. It is a must see if you visit Malta. The size and beautifully colours and architecture had me dazzled the entire time. A totally different and amazing experience to have got. I am very lucky to have seen it. If you go to Malta someday, do check it out.
The cathedral itself is an remarkable piece of baroque architecture. Interior is detailed and really worth seeing. The only problem for me is the price (10€) as I'm not accustomed to paying for entering churches. Church is rich enough and after all - this is a place of worship, not a museum. If churches in Vatican are free to enter, so this one should be.
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