Places of Worship

St John’s Ro Cathedral

Malta / Europe

Saint John’s Co-Cathedral was built by the Knights of Malta between 1573 and 1578. It was designed by Glormu Cassar. Its exterior is severe, having been built soon after the Great Siege, but its interior is ornate and was heavily gilded by the Calabrian artist, Mattia Preti. The marble floor bears the elaborate tombstones of some 375 Knights and Officers of the Order of Malta, the more significant ones being closest to the altar. Jean Parisot de Valette and others are buried in the crypt. The altar was designed by Melchiorre Cafà and finished by Giuseppe Mazzuoli. The Cathedral contains eight side chapels, each one dedicated to the patron saint of the eight Langues. There is also a museum area containing fine tapestries, paintings and objets d’art. In the Oratory is the 1608 painting of The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist, the only work that Caravaggio ever signed. Originally the convent church of the Knights of Saint John, it soon rivalled Saint Paul’s Cathedral in Mdina. In the 1820s it became a Co-Cathedral.

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