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“beautiful church” 5 of 5 stars
Review of St. John's Co-Cathedral

St. John's Co-Cathedral
St. John Street, Valletta, Island of Malta, Malta
356 2122 0536
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Owner description: Built between 1573 and 1577, this cathedral contains two masterpieces by Caravaggio.
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“beautiful church”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

if you are going to visit , go early before it gets to many people in ,then you will see the building in all its glory. if there is a long wait to get in you cannot see a lot.

Visited May 2013
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“A Golden Temple”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Looking at the outside of this co-cathedral one just cannot imagine what awaits him/her inside. This was the church of the Knights of Malta and no expense was spared by this very rich Society when building it. Also, each one of the eight national groups it was made up of had its own chapel inside and each vied to make theirs more magnificent than the rest. Would it be enough to say that every centimeter of walls, floor and ceiling is decorated? If not, how about the walls are covered in gold leaf. Truly, I have never seen anything that can come near to beating it in all my travels all over Europe! The cherry on the cake in this cathedral is Caravaggio's masterpiece, "The Beheading of Saint Paul." which no art buff should even think of missing!

Visited October 2013
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Durham, United Kingdom
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“Visit the Co Cathedral”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

I have always found this to be an awe inspiring cathedral. However, the set admission charge does put people off. I would prefer a "donations" style payment. My favourite part of this cathedral are the chapels/alters to the different countries of the Knights.
I agree there are a lot of tourists, however, a service is well worth a stay, that way you get the real sense of the church

Visited September 2013
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“Beautiful Church but experience will be spoilt by the number of visitors”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

You cannot help but feel awestruck as soon as you enter this cathedral. Although quite plain from the outside it is the total opposite on the inside. Its a fair price to enter but I didn't feel the audio tour was that great. Some commentaries were very long and repeated what was said on the information boards which in the end I preferred to use. It is also not clear from the map they give you which way to go. What does let down this place is that due to it's shear beauty there are always large groups visiting this place. I also felt that due to the church's commercial operations the place has indeed lost some spiritual connections, not helped with huge numbers lumbering around taking hundreds of photos and seemingly forgetting this was once a place of worship and a house of God. Go here to see the beautiful artwork but don't expect to feel touched at all by any connection to the man upstairs.

Visited October 2013
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“Overcrowded”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

I'm told it's a lovely building, but so many people were allowed in it was impossible to move or see or enjoy anything, and I left after 10 minutes. Better to go to one of the less popular churches.

Visited September 2013
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