St. Paul’s Grotto, Church and Catacombs
Located on the outskirts of Mdina in Rabat, these sites pay homage to the great Apostle Paul himself who along with 274 others were shipwrecked just off Malta around 60AD on their way to Rome. Legend has it that the survivors took refuge in a grotto, above which a church and monument were later built in his honor. The Catacombs, which represent the earliest evidence of Christianity in Malta, are a labyrinthian set of underground cemeteries that feel like something straight out of Indian Jones and the Temple of Doom. Covering an area of over 21,000 square feet, they twist and turn with dozens and dozens of hypogea (chambers) once used for burials. It’s a great place to wander on a hot day as it’s cool down there (and only €5 to visit!)
By Sara Lieberman, AFAR Contributor
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Triq Sant Agata RBT 2013, Hal-Bajjada, Ir-Rabat, Malta
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