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St. John's Co-Cathedral

St. John Street, Valletta, Island of Malta, Malta
356 2122 0536
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Type: Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals
Traveler Description: St John`s  Co-Cathedral is a unique monument of international importance and is a gem of Baroque art.  Its rich historic  and artistic heritage is... more »
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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Having visited many cathedrals around the world this has to be up there. Everywhere you look there is gold and sumptuous carving. We did not bother with the guided tour just walked around and took in the atmosphere. We were also lucky to go back that evening for an organ concert and it was even more beautiful with all the... More

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Poznan, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Not enough words to describe this unique and sacred place in the heart of valletta. The beheading of stJohn by Caravaggio on it s own is worth the visit but be prepared for so , uch more

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Benoni, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Beautiful cathedral steeped in history. Use the guide to give you information and insight. Usually crowded in the morning with cruise liner groups.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Wow what can I say. The Cathedral is simply beautiful and I was certainly in awe when I entered. Included in the cost of admission an audio guide is provided which was really informative. I tried to purchase the official souvenir guide but the English Language version has been out of print for over 3 months which is ridiculous as... More

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58 reviews 58 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This is one of the most beautiful churches I have ever seen and the Caravaggio Beheading of St. John was breathtaking. You can take pictures in the church but not of that painting. If you are in Valettta, you would be insane to forego seeing this masterpiece.

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

This building is amazing, its decoration is so opulent and the floor is covered in brightly coloured memorials/grave markers well worth the visit. Make sure you are dressed in a reserved manner and that your shoulders are covered (ladies and gents) otherwise you will be issued a shawl to cover yourself with

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London, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

As promised in the guide book we were so impressed by the interior decoration of this wonderful cathedral that looks so plain from the outside. The audio guide is a real bonus and the associated museum is fascinating too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Entrance fee but worth it just to see Velasques' masterpieces. Handset is informative but I would suggest reading up about Grandmasters beforehand to fully appreciate their importance to the Order. Some areas were closed due to renovation which was disappointing. An amazing cathedral interior which belies its unspectacular exterior.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Packed with an a mixture of external beautiful austerity with incredible internal opulence of the baroque period. The whole history of the knights come alive. The audio educational service and map system is excellent. Caravaggio paintings and his association with this cathedral was a surprise. The dramatic paintings of the beheading of St John and the simple setting of St... More

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Hounslow
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Well worth the visit, The Knights put their money into the church in the hope that they being very devout would go to heaven. The decoration is a bit over the top, but at the time it was the thing to do with power and money.

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