Built between 1839 and 1844, St. Paul’s Pro-Cathedral was constructed to meet the needs of the burgeoning Catholic community in Valletta. At the time, Malta was a British colony, and the existing St. John’s Co-Cathedral was designated for the exclusive use of the Knights of St. John. Thus, St. Paul’s became the temporary seat of the Roman Catholic bishop, earning its title as a pro-cathedral.
The church’s stunning Neoclassical architecture, designed by architect Giuseppe Bonavia, showcases an elegant facade adorned with towering columns and intricate detailing. Inside, visitors are greeted with a sense of awe as they marvel at the resplendent interior, adorned with breathtaking frescoes, elaborate altars, and beautifully crafted sculptures.
Beyond its architectural beauty, St. Paul’s Pro-Cathedral holds spiritual significance as a place of worship, prayer, and reflection for the faithful and visitors alike. The cathedral’s name honors St. Paul the Apostle, who is said to have shipwrecked on the island of Malta in AD 60, leaving an indelible mark on the island’s religious history.
How do I get there?
St. Paul’s Pro-Cathedral is conveniently located in Valletta, less than 300 meters away from The Embassy Valletta Hotel.