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Valletta Churches

Historical Churches & Co-Cathedrals –
Spirituality and Elegance at its Best

Valletta churches – a walk through history with numerous beautiful architecture and internal décor.

St. John's Co-Cathedral to the first church built in Valletta commemorating the victory of 1565 by the Knights of St. John against the Turkish army.

The most recent construction of the new Carmelite church a landmark building so high as it is seen from the opposite side of the Sliema front. Beside it there is the Anglican St. Paul's Pro-Cathedral steeple beside it.

We also provide a complete list of the Catholic and other domination churches with basic useful information to find it at hand during your visit to Malta.

Here we highlight the ones we suggest so you can visit whilst in Valletta.

Carmelite Church

We suggest to visit this church, as first it is a lovely quiet and calm place to sit and reflect and let the outside world set aside. On the other hand observe the beauty of the huge oval dome construction from the inside.

The inside decor is very plain limestone more modern than the other older churches.

The Carmelite church is a Basilica dedicated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel located at Triq it-Teatru which is a Roman Catholic Church very close to the Manuel Theatre. In 1570 the original church was designed by architect and military engineer GirolamoCassar.

It is a landmark building, the tallest building in Valletta seen very clearly from the Sliema front promenade. During World War II the church was badly damaged and rebuilt between 1958 to 1981.

A visit to the church will not be disappointing.

View of Valletta Churches - Carmelite Church and St. Paul's Pro-Cathedral

St. Paul's Pro-Cathedral Valletta

We suggest a visit to the only Anglican Church in Malta. It is so different from the others. Tourist like to visit this church for its serene feeling when you are inside either observe the internal architecture or to pray.

The interior is not as glamorous as the others of the Baroque times. It is a lovely church with ample light and very airy.It can be seen from far as it has a pointed limestone steeple rising over 60 metres high. It is exceptionally different than the others.  

This church is built on the Neo-Classical style between 1839 to 1841. It was built to serve the British community in Malta since they came in 1800. The cathedral was built on the previous site where the Auberged’Allemagne was erected. It was the home for the German Knights of St. John.

Although Valletta suffered heavy bombardments during World War II, it did not suffer serious damage. It is said that the church endured heavy bombings to bear witness to those who fought to defend Malta during the war. In fact there is a memorial for all the Navy, Army and Air Force divisions.

Religious Services:

Sunday: Mass 11:00 am
Monday: Mass 11:00 am
Monday to Friday: Morning Prayer 9:00 am
The Cathedral is open daily from 08:30 to 12:30 and some afternoons it is a quiet place for prayer and contemplation.
Anglican worshiper and could regularly attend the 11 am Sunday service.
Location: Independence Square

Our Lady of Victory

Why not visit the oldest church in Valletta. It is located on the opposite side of Auberge De Castille the Prime Minister’s Office. It bears testimony of those many knights and Maltese who fought the Turkish army in 1565 to defend Malta from being captured.

Restoration is on-going and we suggest to pay a visit in order to appreciate the church itself and the on-going restoration works. Din l-Art Ħelwa, a non-profit Malta foundation, was entrusted with the upkeep and restoration of the church.

After the great siege Grandmaster Jean Parisot de Vallette decided to build the first building within the new built fortifications of Valletta as a thanksgiving where he funded the church from his own pocket. He did not see the church completed neither the fortifications and was buried here.

It is built on the spot where the first stone- religious ceremony was held for the new Valletta fortification was laid. The church is not large but packed with frescoes and paintings all paid for by the knights to embellish this church dedicated to the Blessed Virgin. In 1617 it was chosen as their parish church.

Entrance to the church is free.

Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday 08.45 - 16.00 (Holy Mass - 08.45)
Saturday 10.00 - 16.00 (Holy Mass - 19.00)
Sunday 10.00 -13.00
Contact: 21249349
Place: South Street, Valletta
Link: www.ourladyofvictory.org.mt

St Catherine’s Church

St Catherine's Church Valletta

It is one of the oldest churches amongst many others in the capital city. It is worth a visit if it is one during the day. This Roman Catholic Church is situated beside Auberge de Castille and stands in front of Our Lady of Victory church which today serves as the Italian community, where they meet every Sunday for mass.

Designed and built by Girolamo Cassar in 1576 by the Italian knights adjacent to Auberge d'Italie in Merchants Street. For this reason, the church got the name frequently recognized as the church of St Catherine of Italy.

Later in the 17th century an octagonal church was added to the existing building where the original church area was transformed into a sanctuary. Mattia Preti painted and donated the titular painting with the martyrdom of St Catherine of Alexandria including the cupola. Major restorations were carried out between 2001 till 2011.

A Complete List of All 26 Valletta Churches

Churches

- Christ the Redeemer – St. Christopher Street
- Circumcision of the Lord (Jesuits’ Church) - Merchants Street
- Our Lady of Damascus – Greek Catholic Church - Archbishop Street
- Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Carmelite Church) - Sanctuary Basilica - Old Theatre Street
- Our Lady of Victory - South Street

- Scots Church of St. Andrews - South Street
- Presentation of Our Lady (aka. St. Catherine) – Republic Street
- St. Barbara - Republic Street
- St. Catherine’s Church Valletta - South Street
-
 St. Francis of Assisi - Republic Street
- St. James - Merchants Street
- St. Lucy – St Paul Street
- St. Mary of Jesus (Ta’ Giezu) – St. John’s Street
- St. Mary Magdalen - Merchant Street
- St. Nicholas - Merchants Street
- St. Paul's Pro-Cathedral - Anglican Church - Independence Square

Parish Churches

Our Lady of Fair Heavens & St. Dominic - Minor Basilica - St Dominic Street
- Shipwreck of St Paul - St. Paul's Street
- St. Augustine - Old Bakery Street

Chapels

Our Lady of Pilar – West Street
- St. Roque - St. Ursola Street
- St Ursola - St. Ursola Street
- The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven into Heaven – Archbishop Street
- The Blessed Virgin – Archbishop Street
- The Blessed Virgin of Notre Dame De Liesse – Liesse Hill

Basilica

- The Holy Cross – St. Ursola Street

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