St. John's Co-Cathedral

St. John's Co-Cathedral, Valletta

St. John's Co-Cathedral
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 12:00 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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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lesrobo
Dublin, Ireland103 contributions
If just for the Carravagio film
Oct 2021 • Friends
This is a great tour and I especially liked the Caravaggio film and painting. It was very well done and the tour was within COVID restrictions. Definitely a must see in Valletta
Written October 19, 2021
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Anita
Ireland85 contributions
Even if you know, you get surprised
Oct 2021
It was written everywhere, modest building with impressive interior. And still - moment of surprise, when got inside. The difference between inside and outside is incredible.
Very functional audio-guide, with a lot of information. Additional documentaries about Caravaggio's painting and the crypt. The short film about Caravaggio is done very well. There are also toilets available, so you can spend as much time there as you need.
It is one of most expensive attractions that we had during our stay, but it was worth it.
Written October 18, 2021
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hypnomick
Broxbourne276 contributions
Amazing
Sep 2021
Loads to see and well informed with the audio tour. A bit expensive but one of the jewels of Valetta. A bit warm inside on a hot day even with all the fans.
Written October 17, 2021
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Mustafa Grump
East Garston, UK130 contributions
If you're got it, flaunt it.
Oct 2021
Grand and austere from the outside befitting the solemnity of a knight's life of religious service, inside is a somewhat different matter with the individual Langue chapels showing all the restraint of a rapper's jewelry box.

Magnificent interiors heavy on gilding and baroque frescoes dotted with grandiose funerary monuments dedicated to those past Grand Masters that had the cash to flash to ensure immortality in marble. There's a free audio guide included in the entry price which provides 1-2 minutes of information on each of 20 or so things to see, including an art appreciators guide to Caravaggio's St Jerome Writing and a short video introduction to Caravvagio that made no sense to me at all.

Well worth visiting if only to appreciate what happens when you put several hundred very well educated and wealthy men on a small Island and constrain their natural inclinations with vows of poverty and chastity.
Written October 11, 2021
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George G
Barking, UK117 contributions
Could do better
Sep 2021
The building both inside & out is very impressive.
Unfortunately during our visit there was a lot of restoration taking place (we understand that this does have to take place but surely not trying to do everything in one go).
The visit was still good, but unfortunately the works did affect our visit which is an audio guided tour which hasn't been updated, so information was incorrect & annoying.
Written October 10, 2021
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Janet & John
Selby District, UK15 contributions
Awesome
Sep 2021 • Couples
The beauty of this building blew me away as a child on school trip in 1976. I’ve referred to it many times since and, finally, 45 years later, I returned with my husband and it’s just as beautiful and impactful now as it was then. Awesome!
Written October 9, 2021
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Mrs. E
Rottingdean, UK99 contributions
Amazing and magical
Oct 2021
Must see on your trip to Malta. The couloir will mesmerize you and history of this place will make you read more about templar !
Written October 7, 2021
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Mel M
London, UK474 contributions
Don't miss it!
Oct 2021
The 15E entrance fee does put off some tourists, but don't miss this! It's incredible. The baroque gilding is the most overt I have ever seen, also ensure you see the Caravaggio paintings (his 'Saint Jerome Writing' is downstairs in a secluded area).
Ladies - take a scarf if you are wearing a tank or sleeveless shirt or cover your shoulders (otherwise the church will request you wear an awful shawl).
Written October 7, 2021
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borrum
London, UK863 contributions
Impressive interior, with superb works of art.
Oct 2021 • Couples
The Baroque grandeur of the interior is further embellished by remarkable works of art, of which the most famous is Caravaggio’s “The Beheading of St John.”

An interesting external feature on the bell tower is the three clocks : one for the time, another for the date and a third for the day of the week.
Written October 6, 2021
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diinslc
North Salt Lake, UT568 contributions
Must see
Sep 2021
The Co-Cathedral is beautiful, with stunning art pieces throughout. The included audio tour will tell you everything you need to know as you move from location to location throughout St. John's.
Written October 5, 2021
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St. John's Co-Cathedral is open:
  • Mon - Fri 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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