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St. Paul's Street, Valletta, Malta

Collegiate Parish Church of St. Paul's Shipwreck

Another church was constructed in 1609 but was demolished in 1639. The plans of the new church were prepared by Bartolomeo Garagona. The facade was rebuilt in 1885 to the design of Nicola Zammit. St. Paul is considered to be the spiritual father of the Maltese. His shipwreck is popularly considered as the greatest event in the nation's history. For this reason, St. Paul's Collegiate Church is one of the most important in Malta. The church hosts fine artistic works, including the magnificent altarpiece by Matteo Perez d'Aleccio, the choir and dome of Lorenzo Gafà, the paintings by Attilio Palombi, and Giuseppe Cali and the titular statue of Melchiorre Gafà. One can also view the treasured relic of the right wrist-bone of St. Paul, and part of the column on which the saint was beheaded in Rome.

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  • Contact: Archdiocese of Malta
  • Phone: +356 21245350

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