There are no words that can prepare you for the baroque interior of the St John's Co Cathedral in Malta. And that's a good thing, because the instant reaction as you step through the first set of doors is worth the admission price alone. I'm not going to spoil the surprise, and the picture above gives only a tiny hint of the decor you'll discover within; it's one of the most expensively, expansively decorated 17th century interiors in Europe, and if your eyes don't pop at the sight then you must be a Russian oligarch. Also within is Caravaggio's masterpiece, the Beheading of John the Baptist, as well as the interred bones and gloriously glorifying tombstones of the Knights of Malta. But don't read too much about it before you go. Just enjoy a historical experience in full technicolour.
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A Golden Fresco
Head to Valletta's famous Republica Street and into St. John’s-Co Cathedral. This is your chance to see original works from Mattia Preti—the renowned artist who painted these oil-based frescoes directly onto the stones of the vault ceiling. In addition, you can’t miss Caravaggio’s famous painting of the Beheading of St. John—an eerie work of art that captures a turbulent point in time like a photograph.
A ticket there will provide you entrance to the cathedral, the attached museum, as well as an audio guide which is really helpful to explain all of the artwork, and architecture of the grand building.