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Located in Valletta, St John Co Cathedral is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist. It was built between 1572 and 1577 under the command of Saint John and Grand Master Jean de la Cassière was commissioned to finish this building. St John Co Cathedral was designed by the Malta's architecht, Girolamo Cassar. Cassar designed several prominent buildings in Malta. The cathedral interior is considered to be one of the best examples of high Baroque architecture in Europe. Getting into the main entrance, you will see the beauty of cathedral exterior which built in Mannerist style. Inside the cathedral, the famous works of European artists can be discovered.
St John Co Cathedral Tours
The beauty of St John Co Cathedral can be seen from the exterior. St John Co Cathedral's exterior was made in Mannerist style by the architect Girolamo Cassar. Its simple facade seems proportional and is bordered by two large bell towers. The door is flanked by Doric column that is supporting the open balcony where imprortant events are held. Overall, the cathedral exterior is rather austere and reminiscent. It reminds us about fort and reflecting the style of the architect as the the military engineer after the Great Siege of Malta in 1565.
It is not surprised if the interior of this cathedral is wonderful since the exterior show the beauty from the outside. The best thing to do at St John Co Cathedral is going inside and throw away your curiosity about this cathedral. St John Co Cathedral's interior is highly ornate, stands in the sharp and contrast facade. Mostly, the interior is filled by Mattia Preti, the Calabria artist and knight in the gold era of Baroque period. The floor of the co-cathedral is enclosed with 400 marbles carved tombstones with superbly complicated, marble-inlaid created by skilled tradesmen, tombstones create a stunning details to the large floors around all the cathedral.
The Adjoining Museum in St John Co Cathedral consits of some artworks. The Flemish 29 priceless tapestries which are designed by Peter Paul Rubens at the Flemish atelier were donated by Aragonese Grand Master Ramon Perellos y Roccaful in 1697. In your journey to the The Adjoining Museum in St John Co Cathedral, you will discover the most impressive artwork from the Italian artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. He painted the 'Beheading of St. John the Baptist' on oil on canvas during his stay in Malta 1608.
How to Get Tickets?
The St John Co Cathedral's entrance fee includes the provision of handheld audio guides with 24 stops which are available to visitors in some languages. Tickets can be purchased offline at the entrance of the St John Co Cathedral's. The entrance fee is €10 for adults, €7.50 for students or senior citizens, while children under the age of 12 enter free of charge when accompanied by an adult.
How To Get Around?
Walking is the best thing to do to get around St John Co Cathedral, walk in the Republic Street to explore the area around Palace Square on the way to the next attraction-the Grand Master's Palace. There is a horse drawn carriage that can be used to visit the sorrounding area of this cathedral. Also, you can visit the nearby attractions such as Great Siege Square and National Library of Malta.
What Should I Wear?
Important to know, since St John Co Cathedral is a religious place, there is a dress code to be respected. Ladies should cover the shoulders and men should wear longer pants (length should be at least below the knees, no shorts are allowed). The best thing to do is double check your stuffs before the sightseeing.
Best Time to Visit
You can visit St John Co Cathedral all year round except Sunday and publics holiday. If your are visiting this cathedral to pray, the best thing to do is informing the staff at the main entrance to guide you to the designated chapel.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, transportation is easy and you can find everything in this site.
How To Get There?
Getting into St John Co Cathedral is easy. Malta's public transports which operates between 5.30 ad 23.00 are ready to take you there. Take the bus terminus and you will stop at the bus station near City Gate. St. John's Co-Cathedral is located in the centre of Valletta, and it is a short walk away from the bus station. Taxi and hop off hop on bus are also available in Malta.
Be aware of pickpocketing and handbag-snatching in Malta since it is the common tourist hotspot. Just be alert and keep your stuffs.