St Paul's Church & the Grotto of St Paul


St Paul's Church was built in 1675. Beside it, stairs lead down into the mystical Grotto of St Paul, a cave where the saint is said to have preached during his stay in Malta. The statue of St Paul was gifted by the Knights in 1748, while the silver ship to its left was added in 1960 to commemorate the 1900th anniversary of the saint's shipwreck. Come in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the tour groups that congest the narrow space.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Malta attractions

1. Wignacourt Museum

0.02 MILES

This sprawling museum has a gloriously hotchpotch collection that encompasses 4th-century Christian catacombs, a WWII air-raid shelter, a baroque chapel,…

2. Casa Bernard


You'll be personally guided through this privately owned 16th-century palace by one of the home's charming owners, who will explain the history of the…

3. St Agatha's Crypt & Catacombs


These catacombs contain a series of remarkable frescos dating from the 12th to 15th centuries. According to legend, this was the hiding place of St Agatha…

4. St Paul's Catacombs


St Paul's Catacombs (so-named for their proximity to the church) date from the 3rd century AD and were used for burial for around 500 years. Worship took…

5. St Agatha's Chapel

0.19 MILES

First built in 1504, a newer church was built on this site in 1670, with further additions in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Highlights include the…

6. Domus Romana

0.24 MILES

The Roman House was built in the 1920s to incorporate the excavated remains of a large 1st-century-BC townhouse. There's a small but fascinating museum,…

7. Ruins of Roman Villa

0.24 MILES

Excavated remains of a 1st-century Roman townhouse – admission is via the Domus Romana museum.