St. John's Co-Cathedral
St. John's Co-Cathedral
4.5
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9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
About
Built between 1573 and 1577, this cathedral contains two masterpieces by Caravaggio. St John’s Co-Cathedral is a gem of Baroque art and architecture. It was built as the conventual church for the Knights of St John. This church is till this very day an important shrine and a sacred place of worship. It is also a venue for cultural events. The construction was commissioned in 1572 by Grand Master Jean de la Cassière to serve as the conventual church of the Knights of Malta and designed by the Maltese military architect Gerolamo Cassar. The church was dedicated to St John the Baptist, the patron saint of the Order. The oratory holds the biggest and only signed masterpiece by Caravaggio. St John’s church is administered by the St John’s Co-Cathedral Foundation responsible for the religious cultural heritage of the monument.
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  • Paul H
    Great Dunmow, United Kingdom69 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant
    My wife & I visited on Friday just & we were both overwhelmed by the place. Neither of us are particularly religious, but this place really is something special & worth a visit. Unfortunately my phone died half way round, so couldn’t take a full complement of photos!!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 28, 2023
  • Margaret W
    Launceston, Australia485 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sensory overload
    There are not enough superlatives to describe the interior of this Cathedral. The plain exterior does nothing to prepare you for the gold and lavish decorations of the interior. Two special highlights are Caravaggio's 'Beheading of St John ' and the large tapestries.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 31, 2023
  • JohnP72
    London, United Kingdom538 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredibly beautiful
    As expected it was busy being one of the top tourist attractions. Perhaps €15 entrance was a bit expensive although it did include a useful audio guide. The church dates from the 16th century commissioned by the grand masters of the order of Knights of St. John. It’s not overly impressive from the outside but once inside it’s a different story with its dazzling beauty and treasures. The highlight of course is to see Caravaggio’s painting of the beheading of St. John which is located in the oratory as a final stop in the audio guide. Make sure to watch the short film before viewing as it’s very interesting. You probably need just under an hour after which you can take in some of the other beautiful sites in Valletta!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 15, 2023
  • Expedition793324
    North Las Vegas, Nevada35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Emotional experience if you plan on visiting recommend do some reading up
    As a third generation long standing member of the order it was one of the highlights of my life and world traveled experiences. The beauty and history in this church is breath taking for me it was greater than the Sistine Chaple in Vatican City. I have every intension of returning in the near future as I was invited to return the evening of the day we visited to attend services with Brother Knights.
    Visited July 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written June 19, 2023
  • Denise Ann Mari... M
    Rochester, United Kingdom28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Most beautiful cathedral in the world!
    This has to be one the most beautiful, if not the most beautiful, cathedrals in the world!. The inside , in total contrast to the outside, is breathtaking. For a very small entry fee, which includes audio guide, we were also able to visit the extra hanging tapestries, as well as the incredible Caravaggio. A "must visit' when in Malta♥️
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 26, 2023
  • Heather W
    Melbourne, Australia375 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Opulence on steroids
    Staggering beautiful and opulent almost to the point of obscenity in it richness. Gold leaf glitters off so many surfaces making the whole place shimmer. Marble slabs and insets in many hues and patterns climb the towering walls and decorate the whole floor which is a series of tombs. Strange walking over these tombs, the resting place of about 400 Knights and officers of the Order; an ancient and mysterious order. The chapels are stunning but my favourite spot was the Oratory where two of Caravaggio's masterpieces hang - The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist and Saint Jerome Writing. Truly magnificent.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Bechara C
    Lebanon711 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    WoW
    Visited this amazing cathedral and had a chance to see the huge carpets/tapisseries hanged all around in the cathedral. This church is was beautiful than Italian churches, the floor is astonishing, the ceiling and the walls are great art works. The carpets will be moved later on to the national museum. had the chance to see them in the cathedral
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Linsey A
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful cathedral, a must visit!
    From the outside it is hard to picture how truly stunning the inside of the cathedral is. Every inch is just beautiful and the audio guide included in the ticket cost is great. The pantings in the Caravaggio room are incredible.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Nimmy37
    Chester, United Kingdom806 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing decor
    Visited on a rather warm day and as expected no air con so very warm inside. Ladies have to cover shoulders but shawls are provided if you need one. Very decorative and impressive artwork throughout. The museum was closed on the day and we believe this was one of the best parts having read previous reviews. Only a small cathedral so not much time needed but well worth seeing. Still charged full price even with the museum closed but I guess it goes towards the upkeep so not too bothered.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 6, 2023
  • Ruth C
    Maidstone, United Kingdom34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous cathedral
    Despite having to cover my bare shoulders this far exceeded my expectations. So much history, amazing marble and stunning all round. So many intricate designs. Was happy to see the Caravaggio painting of John the Baptist. This was far better than I imagined. You get a audio tour which you can select depending on which area you’re in. Was def worth the entrance fee. A must in Valletta 😁
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 10, 2023
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Sotiris
Zurich, Switzerland1,581 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Gold everywhere! So much that it distracts you and you don’t know what you are watching in the end... Statutes, paintings, sculptures, motives all put together in the same place! The ticket includes an audio guide that is almost impossible to comprehend because of the constant noise in the background. In addition to this, there is also music playing making it difficult to follow the guide (was music really necessary?). Visiting a church should be accessible to anyone but it looks like only the privileged ones in this world can afford such trips. 10€ per person means 50€ for a family with 3 kids over the age of 12. I will put as many pics here as possible for those not being to afford a visit to the golden house of God.
Written January 3, 2020
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Nigel B
Wakefield, UK897 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
The decoration internally is so over the top it contrasts with the plain exterior. The audio guide is comprehensive but just wandering round you see a lot. The floors are covered with decorated knights tombs. There are eight chapels. The paintings are as good as you are led to expect. Caravaggio’s beheading of St. John is spectacular. At a cost of 10 Euro per person it is not cheap.
Written February 21, 2020
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David F
Msida, Malta45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Built after the Great Siege of 1565, this is as beautiful a chourch as one will ever see. Comparable to Toledo Cathedral, and to the Norman Cathedrals in Cefalu and Monreale, which are of course older. When we were young one could just go in and out at will, and walk about and admire the various paintings, memorial slabs etc. Today one needs to pay and parts of the magnificent floor have been covered by a protective carpet. But that detracts only a little from a truly admirable and rich temple. An unmissable experience.
Written February 8, 2020
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softap
Haslemere, UK4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We visited in early January. A fairly long queue outside, to get in. The cathedral inside is stunning. The Caravaggio paintings are very special. However, everybody is given a small audio visual guide (about the size of a smartphone) with headphones, to guide you around the cathedral with narration in your own language. The problem is, everybody is staring at the screen of their device, and nobody's looking where they're going. It was pretty crowded, so had to keep avoiding colliding with people, and couldn't focus on the wonderful cathedral interior. Also, some parts of the tour were closed off, but the device did not know this, so it tried to send us down closed-off aisles.
Written January 8, 2020
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PFoxleeBrown
Bracknell, UK31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
From the exterior it doesn't prepare you for the fantastic interior.
For the entrance fee of €10 per adult you will see fantastic art work and architecture and it's all explained via the free audio head phones by a well laid out numbered areas system.
Check on times as I think it's closed Saturday from 12.00 until it opens again on Monday.
Written February 23, 2020
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David P
Bath, UK353 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This is a stunning cathedral with excellent audio guides.
The Caravaggio paintings alone are worth the 10 euro entry fee.
We visited in March and it was fairly quiet. I guess it would not be such a pleasant visit during the summer.
Written March 14, 2020
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Fussyfi
Ipswich, UK195 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
An amazing place. Absolutely beautiful… however…

The timings published are not followed. We were admitted for our €15 per person - no advanced warning given and then 30 mins later told they were closing and to leave! Rude.

Given that there is an audio tour they should at least give you the play time of the tour plus a little bit to contemplate this wonderful space - reeks of putting money before sharing the peace and beauty of this place.
Written November 17, 2021
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ChanFamilyEsher
Esher258 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
The plain exterior of this cathedral belies the amazing Baroque highly decorated interior. The entrance fee of €7.50 for the over 60s is worthy every cent. It includes an audio guide.

In addition to the amazing decoration including Caravaggio paintings and gilt encrusted walls the floor is incredible. It’s covered in colourful marble tombstones.

This is a must see attraction in Valletta.
Written February 27, 2020
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dustythoughts
Manchester, CT2,116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
This gorgeously breathtaking cathedral is an absolute must-see while you're in Valleta. Like the TARDIS, the exterior doesn't do the interior justice. The cathedral is done in the baroque style, and is so visually stunning that it's borderline overwhelming. There are a couple of very well-known Caravaggio paintings that are well worth the line you'll wait in to see them. This is a very popular tourist destination, so if you want to actually pray here, I'd recommend coming here during off-hours.
Written November 12, 2021
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mayaedinburgh
Edinburgh, UK28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
An amazing experience one of the most beautiful churches I have ever seen. You may have to queue especially in summer but it’s worth the wait. You collect your headset at the door with a variety of languages inside is amazing but can be very busy Caravaggio painting was amazing souvenir shop at the end of the journey sold a variety of goods some reasonable prices some really expensive a once in a lifetime experience I recommend everyone visiting Vallletta must visit
Written March 9, 2021
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Written March 15, 2021
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