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ST. PAUL'S CATACOMBS

St. Agatha Street, Rabat, RBT 2013, Malta

St. Paul's Catacombs

St. Paul’s Catacombs is a typical complex of interconnected, underground Roman cemeteries that were in use up until the 4th century AD. They are located on the outskirts of the old Roman capital Mdina, since Roman law prohibited burials within the city.

St. Paul's Catacombs represent the earliest and largest archaeological evidence of Christianity in Malta and owes their name to the widely held myth that it was related to St Paul's Grotto. The architecture of St. Paul's Catacombs is the result of an indigenous development, which was barely influenced by overseas traditions. An imposing hall acts as the centre and passages lead off from it in several directions into a bewildering series of tomb galleries. The few surviving murals are of considerable interest, as they constitute the only surviving evidence on the Islands of painting from the late Roman and early medieval periods.

 

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Contact Information

  • Contact: Heritage Malta
  • Phone: +356 21454562

Facilities & Services

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General Information

  • How to get there: Take a bus to Rabat. The museum is located in the Rabat village
    core, close to the Church of St. Paul.
  • Opening Days:
    • Monday
    • Tuesday
    • Wednesday
    • Thursday
    • Friday
    • Saturday
    • Sunday
  • Opening Hours: Monday - Sunday: 0900hrs till 1700hrs. Last admission at 1630hrs. Closed on 24, 25 & 31 December, 1 January & Good Friday.
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