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“Beautiful” 5 of 5 stars
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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”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW via mobile

Not to be missed. Although very ornate the beauty of this cathedral cannot be easily described, the paintings, sculpture, floor tile designs need to be seen to appreciate. For me the icing on the cake was the exhibit of Caravaggio's paintings. We visited at around noon and we're able to miss much of the big crowds of tour groups.

Visited April 2015
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“Such a beautiful place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

Really loved it - especially the floors which are beautiful. We walked past it several times in the morning and the queues were enormous. We found it much easier to get in, and with fewer crowds later in the afternoon. A highlight of our trip to Valletta

Visited April 2015
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“Ego”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

All the history of Malta is interesting. The Nights Templar were on the island for quite some time, and were very creative in adorning this church in order to be remembered for posterity. they all tried to outdo each other: "Who is the better Church supporter?" Certainly worth the gander.

Visited April 2015
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“Rich in Art and History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

The paintings are indeed something to behold, in the calibre of Caravaggio, the embellishment of the architecture is rich and intricate; it demonstrate the passion, love and respect that those artists had for what they believed in. I think it is impossible to spend some time in the Cathedral and not feel moved by what you behold. The religious celebrations around Xmas and Easter have a decorum to be admired, and drawn into the true meaning of Christian Faith.

Visited March 2015
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“if you have one place to visite un Valetta...then this one beyond anh doubt”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

Though used to visit hundreds of monuments, temples, mosques and churches, I must say that co cathedral St John certainly belongs to the most extraordinary monuments I ever saw.

3 reasons to go:
1) its world unique baroque setting, in scenery
2) its individual extraordinary chapels all different but catering to the same taste
3) its moving late Caravaggio, the beheading of John Baptist, not to mention the superlative Ieronimus by the same Caravaggio and the lesser known but fascinating paintings by Matteo Pretti....

It is paramount of baroque art...Quintessential of what baroque architecture, painting and sculpture aimed at....
It just is a unique place, may be, in a certain sense, more spectacular than, let' say St Peter in Rome, even though significantly more recent.
Anyway, it is a fascinating composition of beautiful frescoes, spectacular gips and wood sculptures, polychromatic marble basements and unique funeral monuments. It really goes beyond description.
Although so many different colours, materials, the whole church is a rare example of unity and despite its overwhelming wealth, it is very beautiful.
So do not hesitate and spend the one and a half hour it will take you to contemplate this extraordinary monument to faith and art.

Visited May 2015
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