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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 due to the fact that it was the convential church of the Order of the Knights Hospitallers of St John of Jerusalem. Over the years, the Grand Masters and Knights donated gifts of high artistic value and made enormous contributions to enrich it with only the best works of art by the leading artists available to them.
One of the main attractions at St John`s is the splendid inlaid marble floor consisting of a collection of tombstones making the floor a unique treasure. A visit to the Oratory is a must. Its main attractions include two important works by the world renowned artist Caravaggio.
The museum is a treasure house in itself. It holds vast collections of sacred vestments in silk embroidered with gold and silver. It also holds a superb collection of Flemish tapestries, an important collection of illuminated choral books and other objets d`art.
Why charge visitors to visit a Church !
The Cathedral houses many beautiful works of art and a visit is truly a unque experience. This interest results in a high number of visitors but the delicate fabric of the church was not designed for so many. Maintenance costs are very high and so an entrance fee is charged to help towards conservation programmes. There is no charge for prayer - Please inform staff at the main entrance of your intention and you will be guided to the designated chapel.
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays and when a function is to be held.