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Review of St. Paul's Church

St. Paul's Church
Reviewed November 12, 2012

Having visited Mdina we crossed the road to Rabat Old Town. It is a quiet (in October anyway) unspoiled little town and we came across the church of St Paul by chance. It is fascinating, virtually a cave, and reputed to be the first Christian church on Malta, founded by St Paul after his shipwreck. I loved it, partly because the gentleman guiding us through the two rooms (cave and grotto) was clearly devoted to his task and was able to share his knowledge in a simple and clear way with no hype. A quiet request to make an optional donation concluded his short talk.
A lovely quiet sanctuary -and cool on a hot day.

Thank WalesGoldie
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

This Church hosts many beautiful affrescos and works of art. It is located over the cave where St. Paul used to live during his three months' stay in Malta following his shipwreck on the way to Rome in 60 AD. It is the Parish Church of Rabat and is not open all day, so you need to time your visits. Sight-seeing during liturgical services is discouraged, so check beforehand before venturing inside - the locals can help you so you do not need to it should be easy to ask. :)

Thank travopin
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

We came across this church by accident whilst walking round Rabat and were welcomed in and asked if we would mind looking round the church itself before being shown into the grotto. The church is highly decorated and beautiful. We were then led down the stairs to the grotto where St Paul was held after he was shipwrecked on Malta on his way to stand trial in Rome. This tiny cave hewn from the rock has a statue of St Paul and gifts and photos from visiting Popes. It was awesome to think you were in the same tiny cell where St Paul sat. Outside the grotto was another room where prisoners were held by the Romans with statues of St Paul and St Luke; this is where St Paul was said to have converted the governer to Christianity and made him a Bishop.

3  Thank Anita-Derby
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

The Church is lovely and well worth a visit, but the grotto and small adjacent chapel (?) are really fascinating. Believed to be where St. Paul lived for several months and also where he baptised some of the first Maltese Christians, it really is quite significant and remarkable. The gentleman that offers the short guided tour is very knowledgeable.

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Reviewed August 24, 2012

The chrch is beautiful but for a really spiritual experience you need to visit the grotto. Whatever your religious beliefs, it is incredible to be in a place where you can feel a direct link to the early Christian church. It would be wonderful to be able to be alone there but I can understand why that isn't possible.

1  Thank Marionss
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