St. John's Co-Cathedral
When it comes to awe inspiring and majestic cathedrals, it’s hard to surpass the beauty of St. John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta. The cathedral was designed by Maltese architect Gerolamo Cassar and built by the Knights of Malta between 1573 and 1578. This splendid cathedral in Valletta is a constant reminder of Malta's time under the Knights of St John.
The entire marble floor is a series of tombs which house the Knights of the order. Each tombstone contains the Coat of Arms of the Knights buried below. The cathedral has no less than nine chapels. Eight of which belong to each of the groups which made up the Knights of Malta. One chapel is dedicated to Our Lady of Philermos also known as the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament.
The intricate ornate interior is one of the Baroque period and is considered to be one of the finest examples of high Baroque architecture in Europe today. Within the cathedral you will find some of the finest works of art acquired by the Knights during their time in Malta. One such painting which depicts the beheading of St John the Baptist by Caravaggio dates back to 1608 and is one of the most famous works of art here.
Between the gilded ceilings and emblems, intricate marble floors and the magnificent bronze sculpture of Moses, you will be rendered speechless at the grandeur and detail in the cathedral. Mention of St. John’s Co-Cathedral sums up visions of majesty and splendour, with awe inspiring beauty. A trip to Malta would simply be incomplete without a visit to this most inspiring of cathedrals.
For more information about St. John's Co-Cathedral visit the website here.
- Mon-Fri 09:30 to 16:30 (ticket office closes at 16:00)
- Sat. 09:30 to 12:30 (ticket office closes at 12:00)
- Closed on Sundays and public holidays.
Children: Under 12 FREE (when accompanied by an adult)
Premium Content: €2.99
Sundays & Feast Days: 07:45, 09:15, 11:00, 12:00 (October to June), 17:30 (winter), 18:00 (summer)
Saturdays: 08:30, 17:30 (winter), 18:00 (summer)