St. John's Co-Cathedral entrance ticket

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St. John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta is a gem of ornate Baroque art and architecture. The cathedral was built in 1577 by and for the Knights of St. John. It is considered one of the world’s great cathedrals.

The cathedral contains two masterpieces by Caravaggio including "The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist", the patron saint of the Order.

In contrast with the cathedral’s rather plain façade, be prepared to be overwhelmed as you step inside. The cathedral was redecorated in the 17th century in extremely ornate Baroque style by Mattia Preti. Virtually every square inch of the interior is adorned in glittering gold leaf, silver, marble or colour.

A floor of 400 highly decorated in-laid marble tombstones for important knights forms a striking visual display in the nave.

In 1831, Sir Walter Scott called the cathedral a "magnificent church, the most striking interior (he had) ever seen."

Today the cathedral continues to be an important shrine and a sacred place of worship.

What's Included

Backpacks carried in front or in your hands are allowed, but backpacks must not be carried on backs

Entrance to St. John's Co-Cathedral in Valletta

GST (Goods and Services Tax)

Handheld audio guide with 19 stops

Photography is allowed, the use of flash is not allowed

Shawls/wraps are provided for entrance to this place of worship, please enter decently dressed

What's Not Included

Concessions for seniors (concessions may only be available for tickets purchased at the entrance)

Stiletto and narrow heels are not allowed. Slippers may be purchased at the entrance

Traveler Information

  • CHILD: Age: 0 - 11
  • ADULT: Age: 12 - 120

Additional Info

  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

St. John's Co-Cathedral
This is a ticket to visit St. John's Co-Cathedral in Valletta. The ticket must be presented at the cathedral visitors' entrance from Great Siege Square in Republic Street (on the side of the cathedral).

At the cathedral visitors' entrance you will be given a free to use handheld audio guide with explanations in a number of languages at 19 stops inside the ornate cathedral including:

• "The Beheading of St. John the Baptist" painted by Caravaggio
• "St. Jerome Writing" painted by Caravaggio
• "The life of St. John the Baptist" vault painting and several altar paintings by Mattia Preti
• main nave including 400 richly decorated in-laid marble tombs
• monument of the Grand Master Zondadari
• sacristy
• chapels of the langues of Germany, Italy, France, Provence, Auvergne, Aragon, of Castile, Leon and Portugal, and of the Anglo-Bavarian langue
• sanctuary
• chapel of Our Lady of Philermos
• atrium leading to the cemetery
• passage leading to the oratory and the oratory itself

• Admission Ticket Included

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