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St Paul's Catacombs

Address: St Agatha Street, Rabat, Island of Malta 2013, Malta
Phone Number: +356 2145 4562
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Ranked #3 of 14 Attractions in Rabat
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: St.Paul's Catacombs are a typical complex of interconnected, underground Roman cemeteries that were in use up to the 4th century AD. They are located on the outskirts of the old Roman capital Melite (today's Mdina), since Roman law prohibited burials within the city. St Paul's Catacombs represent the earliest and largest archaeological evidence of Christianity in Malta. The site was cleared and investigated in 1894 by Dr A.A. Caruana, the pioneer of Christian era archaeology in Malta.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

We took the train around the city to locate the catacombs - it's amazing how they dug into the rocks so many years ago without power tools. Its very dark - we needed to turn the torch on, on our phones to see some of the catacombs.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This was very interesting, but not a place to go if you have claustrophobia and/or walking difficulties! It was dark, a bit creepy, and very uneven underfoot, but fascinating. It was hard to imagine bodies and mourners down there, once upon a time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Only cost 5 euro for adults and 2.50 euro for seniors, must state if you have poor mobility its not for you as there are quite a few stairs and when your down there a few steps to go and see all it has to offer. But well worth the money always wanted to see the catacombs and wasn't disappointed... More

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Hawkinge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

An absolute highlight of a visit to Rabat. Very atmospheric and soooo interesting and plenty to see. The ticket is about 5 euro and worth every penny. The exhibit includes the Grotto of St Paul, the catacombs, the WW2 tunnels and shelter, the Church of St Paul and the museum (a lot of exhibits here). It is really varied and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

If you are in Rabat these are well worth a visit for one reasonable charge you get entry to the Catacombs, Museum and Air Raid shelters

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Immingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Such a holy place it was quite moving. The catacombs where not as good as St Catherine's but the world war 2 dug outs were interesting. What hard work to dig out one of them to shelter the family.

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Orkney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Not to be confused with the catacombs accessed via the Wigancourt museum, this is a really cool site & huge although they don't let you go into all the areas, it is lit but not that well, so take a small torch if you go for close up viewing

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Altrincham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 via mobile

The catacombs, Grotto, and Wignacourt museum were so absorbing we stayed far longer than we anticipated. The audio guide was very informative, worth the money.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

We didn't use the audio tour which may have been a mistake as it was late in the day. Worth seeing but possibly not worth going to see if that makes sense

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Rabat, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Visiting St.Paul's Catacombs,really took me back to the past. Very detailed tour which made the visit more interesting!

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