St. Lawrence's Church
St. Lawrence's Church
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Terry M
Hamilton, Canada4,897 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Done in Roman Baroque style, the interior is also impressive. Located in then Birgu/now Vittoriosa, it was the church of the Knights before the Co-Cathedral was built, an indication of its historic importance. Behind the altar the martyrdom of St Lawrence is depicted in a large painting by Mattia Preti. A gentleman took us for a close up view of the depiction of the burning of the saint.
Written March 23, 2023
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Serena C
Cheshire, UK881 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Supposedly the first church of Malta - 1090AD! There is a very impressive statue of the saint which is paraded through the streets in August. It's a beautiful building with, as you can imagine, a very long history! Worth a visit but note his death was rather gruesome.....
Written November 7, 2023
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Tiberiu_Baranyi
Timisoara, Romania16,706 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Situate in Birgu - at the waterfront .... the St. Laurence church is standing on the site where the original conventual church of the knight of St. John stood between 1530 and 1571 (after 1571 they moved to Valletta - but that is another story/review).
The baroque style rebuild of the church was completed in 1696 and it was consecrated in 1723 - so in 2023 it got to its 300 years since the consecration.
An impressive building - a nice architectural piece of the baroque style ... once you are in Birgu it is definitely worth a stop...
Entrance is on the side ... when we were there the main entrance was not opened - and to visit you pay a symbolic fee of 2 Euros/adult.
Decoration inside are impressive - the altar piece is a painting by Mattia Preti - the Calabrian Knight. (but at the entrance you will find a list of the most important artists who have contributed to what you see inside.)
It was damaged during the air raids of WWII but it was restored and today you can admire when you are in Birgu.
Written August 23, 2023
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Ana L
Navan, Ireland2,685 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
A landmark in Birgu. Your best chance to visit it might be during the services, either in the morning or evening.
Written November 20, 2020
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fourtycoats
County Wicklow33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Couples
I specifically went to this church and the Castello San Angelo as they are the best places to realise for your self what happened in Malta during the Great Siege. This church was where the besieged inhabitants sheltered for comfort and celebrated the eventual victory. We were guided around by a volunteer parishioner who added real value in explaining the history and relevance of some of the items on display. More interesting to me than the Co Cathedral of St. John which was not built until after the siege.
Written March 5, 2018
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Paul B
Liverpool, UK30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
Visited the church and at the second attempt found how to get in. If you face the church there is a set of steps to the side of the church on the left and the entrance is at the top of the steps on the right. The church is only open from 9am - 12am monday to saturday. It is free to enter but you can leave a donation. The fresco's and statues are well worth seeing and made it much more satisfying when we finally got in. When you come out of the church turn right and up a short flight of steps is the church museum which is open till 12.30pm. Although a small museum there is a lot crammed into it and the curator is very knowledgeable and it is also free to enter. Defiantly worth a visit and only a short walk from the Three Cities Ferry Terminal.
Written July 24, 2017
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Bahamaann
Herndon, VA37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
Gorgeous Church. We were privileged to be here for the St. Lawrence Feast and festivities! What a wonderful treat and great traditions. The priests of the parish of St. Lawrence and the congregation could not have been more hospitable to us. Solemn Vespers on Sunday evening was awesome. The choir was fantastic! It was like going to an opera except we were praying. The statues were so beautiful! The banners were incredible. I loved being immersed in Catholic culture! The tapestries were so beautiful!
Written August 26, 2015
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Jozef O
Brussels, Belgium191 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
The church is very nice and interesting. We had the added bonus of watching the preparations for an upcoming Saint's festival.
Written August 26, 2019
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Jonty08
London, UK41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Family
Like all churches I've seen in Malta this building was attractive on the outside and absolutely stunning on the inside! Definitely worth a visit.
Written May 29, 2019
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Mary W
Aci Castello, Italy143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
Beautiful and rich... the church survived so much! It is very near St Joseph Oratory. Every year is a great feast and procession.
Written May 25, 2019
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