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“Overwhelming beauty”

St. John's Co-Cathedral
Ranked #2 of 84 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 29 June 2018 via mobile

We had to queue for a little while but it was well worth it to be able to enjoy this beautiful place. It’s filled with gold, silver and beautiful paintings in the ceiling. We came specifically to see the Caravaggio and was very happy to be able to see it in one of the side chapels.
The floor is covered with richly decorated tombstones. Fantastic to explore for children and beautiful to watch.
This cathedral is well worth a visit!!

Thank EiWiSu
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Reviewed 29 June 2018

Valletta is not an easy place to get around if you have a disability . So you need to choose on a short trip which ones to see. St. Johns is a must it will leave to speechless so much gold and so much to see. A priceless painting signed by Caravaggio (the only one) to the High altar. I found it easy to get around with my wheelchair you need to dress respectfully like all the church's in Malta.

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Reviewed 27 June 2018

A stunning cathedral completed in 1577. The exterior is modest, the interior is luxurious & beautiful. The 10 Euro entry fee includes an audio guide which is very detailed & explains every section. As a non-resident, I can't advise you of a good time to go. I went last Saturday morning just after the cathedral had opened at 10am; it was quite busy but no queue. Yesterday (Monday) I walked past & there was a queue of about 200 people waiting to go in. My main passion is architecture not art but don't miss the Oratory with the stunning Caravaggio painting, "Beheading of St John the Baptist". Harsh but amazing. Wear modest dress to enter.

Thank helbax
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Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

We attended mass at the church, and returned as tourists. It was a marvel both times. The interior is high baroque bordering on Roccocco. Some might find it overwrought, but I found it inspirational.

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Reviewed 27 June 2018

We had never visited Valletta on our previous visits to Malta, so took our opportunity one Saturday afternoon. Whilst wandering around the beautiful city, with it's breathtaking architecture, we came across this Cathedral. We went in but in our ignorance we didn't know we had to cover up, particularly my wife. However, we were asked very politely and my wife and daughter in law donned the apparel that was provided and we entered. We weren't asked to pay a fee and upon entry we all gasped at the beauty of the interior. There was a service going on so we were asked to be silent and not use Flash photography. It felt very holy and it moved my Daughter in law to tears such was the stunning vista within. It really was a moving experience. Stunning. It makes you really appreciate the genius of the human being in creating a building so beautiful. Its well worth a visit.

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