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Mosta Dome

St. John's Co. Cathedral



Mellieha Church & Sanctuary

St. Paul's Cathedral

Full day (7/8 hours) tour
'Churches & Sanctuaries of Malta'
Mosta Dome, Mellieha Sanctuary, Wayside Chapels,
St. Paul's Cathedral, St. Paul's Shipwreck Church &
St. John's Co. Cathedral




As this is a private tour the itinerary below can be customised to your specifications.

Even the less religiously inclined cannot deny that the Maltese Islands have amazing churches and cathedrals. Our tour includes a variety of these sacred sites where you can also admire the treasures and appreciate the magnificent architecture. We include visits to:
Mosta Church The magnificent church of Mosta is famous for two reasons - it has one of the largest unsupported domes in the world and in 1942, during WWII, a bomb was dropped on the Dome whilst the local attended a church service. The bomb pierced dome and landed inside the church, however it did not explode. The locals hailed this as a miracle and when you visit the church you can see a replica of the bomb.  
The Mellieha Sanctuary According to very old tradition, the highly venerated sanctuary of the Nativity of Our Lady of Mellieha was blessed by St. Paul the Apostle. The same tradition would have it that the icon of Our Lady painted on the bare rock is the work of St. Luke the Evangelist.
Wayside Chapels
During our tour we will come across a number of small wayside chapels. They are a distinctive mark of the Maltese landscape, some excavated in the rock, other decorated with medieval affrescoes, most of a rustic baroque character. They can be found in the centre of the older villages, in very rural areas, on top of cliffs and almost anywhere really.
St. Paul's Cathedral The original 11th century Cathedral was destroyed by an earthquake in 1693, this was replaced by the Cathedral we can see today. What is particularly interesting is that it is believed to stand on the site originally occupied by the residence of Publius, the Roman Governor at the time of St. Paul's stay on the island (AD60), who eventually became the first Bishop of Malta.
St. Paul's Shipwreck Church The church contains impressive vault paintings which portray episodes in the life of St. Paul stay in Malta. There is also a magnificent wooden statue of the apostle and two very important relics - a wrist bone of St. Paul and a piece of the column on which he was beheaded.
St. John's Co. Cathedral. The Conventual Church of the Knights conceals a number of invaluable treasures behind the sober facade. The cathedral has eight chapels, dedicated to the different languages of the Order. The cathedral has a numerous treasures including the ornate marble tombstones which form the floor of the cathedral, the vault was painted by Mattia Pretti and the must see paintings by Caravaggio including "The Beheading of St. John the Baptist and Saint Jerome, both masterpieces.


 

Private Tour Prices & Details
Prices are based on transport size and are not per person. All tour rates include chauffeur driven private transport.

Tour with *English speaking driver only:
210 for 1 to 4 passengers (in a sedan car)
290 for 5 to 6 passengers (in a van)

Tour with driver and *Licensed Tour Guide:
285 for 1 to 3 passengers (in a sedan car)
365 for 4 to 6 passengers
445 for 7 to 8 passengers
525 for 9 to 12 passengers
605 for 13 to 17 passengers
Contact us for larger groups up to 50

Not Included:
Entrance Fees
Lunch

Please note that to save time we can include entrance fees. Lunch can also be included on request for larger groups.

Supplements:
35 (not per person) applies for tours operated on Sunday's and Public Holidays

Pick Up/Meeting Point:
From your hotel, airport or residence

*Drivers & Licensed Tour Guides

If you book a tour with an English speaking driver only, your driver can provide you with basic general information but will not accompany you into historical sites, temples, museums or around fortified cities such as Valletta, Mdina and Birgu. You will self visit these sites.

If you book a tour with a Licensed Tour Guide your guide will be with you for the FULL tour duration and will provide detailed en route commentary and will also accompany at historical sites, temples, museums and around fortified cities such as Valletta, Mdina and Birgu.

Guides are available in English, German, French, Dutch and Spanish languages.

Additional Information
Shorter tour versions are available on request, click here for more information.
This tour can be customised to your specifications, click here for more information.

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