St. John’s Co-Cathedral, Valletta, Malta

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Apart from Old Towns, another common tourist attraction in most European cities is cathedral. As a UNESCO Heritage site, the city of Valletta is no exception. The most famous and biggest cathedral there is St. John’s Co-Cathedral.

At first we didn’t have much expectation on it because after all, Malta is a small archipelago and we thought a cathedral there probably won’t be able to compare with those in bigger cities. The moment we stepped into it was the moment we knew we were wrong. While the size of the cathedral is not as big as, say Seville Cathedral or equivalent architecture, the interior was beautifully built and well maintained. The ceiling was covered fully by painted fresco and the floor, where 400 knights were buried beneath, was covered with colourful marbles.

The church was built between 1573-1578 by the Knights of Malta as the conventual church for the them. In 1820, the Bishop of Malta started to use it as an alternative cathedral and since then it became a Co-Cathedral together with Mdina Cathedral of St. Paul.