ST. JOHN’S CO-CATHEDRAL
St. John’s Street, Valletta, Malta
Described as the first complete example of the high Baroque anywhere, St. John’s Cathedral epitomises the role of its original patrons, the Knights of St. John.
The Cathedral is testimony to the talent of Maltese military architect Gerolamo Cassar, with Mattia Preti’s intricately carved stone wall designs, as well as the painted vaulted ceiling and side altars with scenes from the life of St John. The Cathedral also houses one of Europe’s most impressive and famous art works – Caravaggio’s Beheading of St. John the Baptist.
The Cathedral was a shrine to the Knights, as many sons of Europe’s noble families from the 16th to 18th centuries lie buried here. Their intricate, marble-inlaid tombstones form a magnificently crafted pavimento. Also a resting place to the founder of Valletta, Grand Master Jean Parisot de la Vallette, his tomb lies in the crypt, a quiet sanctuary and place of contemplation away from the busy streets outside.
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Facilities & Services
- Town/City Location
- How to get there: Once you get to Valletta, walk down Republic Street or Merchants Street and turn on St John’s Street.
- Opening Days:
- Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 09:30 to 16:30 (ticket office closes at 16:00); Saturday: 09:30 to 12:30 (ticket office closes at 12:00): Closed on Sundays and public holidays (except for ecclesiastical services).