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St. John’s Co-Cathedral

Listed under Cathedrals in Malta.

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The Knights of Malta, otherwise known as the Knights Hospitaller of St. John built this cathedral in the 1570’s, which explains the military severity of the cathedral’s façade – like the Knights it represents a more militarised version of religion. The interior couldn’t be more different – the curved roof arcs gracefully, decorated with delicate paintings and reliefs in gold and palest blue – it’s a vision of reverence in the Baroque style. As well as the carvings, which were done in situ, there are many paintings of scenes from St. John’s life, most notably Caravaggio’s ‘The Beheading of St. John the Baptist’, which was purpose-painted to be displayed in the oratory. Many of the cathedral’s treasures were given by wealthy Knights, and it was a very very wealthy church in the day, both artistically and financially.

Another visit-worthy feature of the cathedral are the Knight’s tombs – beautifully crafted in marble these tombs offer images of the Knights as well as their stories of valour and daring do.

Strangely closed on Sundays, on other days the cathedral receives visitors from 9:30 – the entry fee includes hire of an audio guide.

St John's Co-Cathedral Website.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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