Visit the St John’s Co Cathedral Malta

A Maltese Gem of Baroque Art – Explore this Malta Cathedral


What to expect:

A stay in Malta’s capital is not complete without visiting St John’s Co-Cathedral. Built by the Knight’s Order between 1572 and 1577 it is considered as the most concentrated place of arts and culture in Valletta. Expect to be amazed by its Baroque frescos, relics, ornate marble floors, three-dimensional statues, carved stone walls and breathtaking vaulted ceilings decorated by Italian Baroque artist Mattia Preti.


Recognised as one the best examples of high Baroque architecture in Europe, St John’s Co-Cathedral hides a mysterious crypt containing the tombs of Grand Masters and holds The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist (1608) – a famous masterpiece painted by Caravaggio (1571–1610) – two outstanding art wonders that cannot be missed.


Micro detailed artistic impressions, tapestry and artistically ornated chapels convert the St John’s Co-Cathedral into a hypnotising journey to the historical high time of Baroque. Start your journey now – get your portion of fine arts.


How to find it: A 500m walk from The Saint John Check the directions


Price list: Adults: €10.00 Seniors: €7.50 Students: €7.50 Children under 12: Free Premium Content: €2.99


Opening Times:

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


Useful tips

– Go early to avoid the crowds and give yourself a couple of hours as there are a lot of things to see.

– Don’t forget to use the audio guide. The layout might be a bit confusing but the information is very well presented. Languages available: Maltese, English, Italian, French, German, Spanish, Japanese and Russian.

– If you have a chance, attend a mass. The organ and choir performance is spine tingling.


Ecclesiastical Service times:

Sunday: 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)
Weekdays: 08:30

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