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St. John's Co-Cathedral (Kon-Katidral ta' San Gwann)
St. John's Co-Cathedral (Kon-Katidral ta' San Gwann)

St. John's Co-Cathedral (Kon-Katidral ta' San Gwann)

St John's Co-Cathedral, St John Street, Valletta, Malta, VLT 1156

The Basics

Located at the heart of the UNESCO-listed Old Town, St. John's Co-Cathedral is one of the city’s must-sees. A Valletta walking tour is a popular way to explore, and the cathedral is within easy walking distance of the Grand Master’s Palace, the National Museum of Archaeology, and the Upper Barrakka Gardens. Entrance to the church includes access to the oratory and church museum.

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Valletta City Walking Tour with St. John's Co-Cathedral
Valletta City Walking Tour with St. John's Co-Cathedral
$21.82 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Amazing tour guide and tour of Valetta
Marisa was very knowledgable and i particularly liked the stories about the knights and the grand masters, my favourite part was the view from Barakah gardens and the inside of St Johns Cathedral .
Irem_A, Mar 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Valletta

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A must see
Mary_S, Apr 2022
St. John's Co-Cathedral entrance ticket
It's a must see. Beautiful, majestic, imposing. The highlights of the visit are the works of Caravaggio, truly wonderful.
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St Johns Co-Cathedral
Deborah_G, Apr 2022
St. John's Co-Cathedral entrance ticket
Well worth a visit. The audio guide was really informative and gave you lots of details. The view from the balcony was impressive. Although we pre booked our tickets we still had to queue but it moved quickly. No queues after lunch so would recommend going later in the day. We were in there 1.5 hours
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Absolutely recommended tour
Cecilia, Feb 2021
Valletta City Walking Tour with St. John's Co-Cathedral
I participated in the Valletta City walking tour. The itinerary includes all the capital's most famous attractions and allows you to appreciate the most striking architecture and views. Visnja was an excellent guide, generous and ready to answer any questions. I was really impressed by her knowledge of the Maltese territory, culture and traditions. Not to mention the artistic competence she showed in explaining the co-cathedral of St John. Absolutely recommended tour. And many thanks to Visnja! Cecilia

Things to Know Before You Go

  • There is an entrance fee to tour the cathedral, but it is free to attend a service or visit the prayer room.

  • Multilingual audio guides are available.

  • Most areas of St. John's Co-Cathedral are wheelchair accessible.

  • Dress respectfully to enter the cathedral; shorts and strapless shirts are prohibited, and shawls and wraps are provided at the entrance. No high-heeled shoes are allowed on the marble tombstones.

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How to Get There

St. John's Co-Cathedral is a 5-minute walk from the Valletta bus station and a 15-minute walk from the cruise terminal. It is in a pedestrianized area of the city, so drivers have to leave their vehicles in the designated parking area outside the city gate.

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When to Get There

The cathedral is open to visitors from Monday to Saturday all year round, while Sundays are reserved for services. If visiting in the peak season (July–August), opt for an early morning or late afternoon visit to avoid the biggest crowds.

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Art and Architecture of St. John's Co-Cathedral

Completed in 1577, the cathedral was designed mostly by Girolamo Cassar, the Maltese architect who also built the Grand Master's Palace. Inside, the marble floor is composed of around 400 decorative tombstones dedicated to prominent Knights of St. John, while the ceiling is covered in scenes from the life of John the Baptist, patron saint of the knights, by Italian artist Mattia Preti.

The cathedral also houses two works by Caravaggio:The Beheading of St. John the Baptist hangs in the oratory, andSaint Jerome Writing is displayed in the Chapel of Italy. Additional highlights include vestments in the Cathedral Museum worn by the Knights of St. John, fine Gobelin tapestries in the nave, and a monumental statue of Christ by Bolognese sculptor Alessandro Algardi, found close to the entrance.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What are the nearest attractions to St. John's Co-Cathedral (Kon-Katidral ta' San Gwann)?
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Attractions near St. John's Co-Cathedral (Kon-Katidral ta' San Gwann):
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What else should I know about attractions in Valletta?
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As well as visiting the St. John's Co-Cathedral (Kon-Katidral ta' San Gwann), check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: