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St Paul’s Catacombs - A view from our expert author


St Paul's Catacombs by Malta Tourism BoardSt Paul's Catacombs are the most impressive of all Malta’s catacombs © Malta Tourism Board

A definite must-see, this is the largest, most impressive and most accessible of all Malta’s catacombs.

The largest, most impressive and most accessible of all Malta’s catacombs, this place is a must-see, with over 2,000m² of tombs and more due to open on the opposite side of the road as this book goes to press. The earliest is a small Phoenician burial, and the latest dates from shortly before the start of Arab rule in ad870. Most are 4th–8th-century ad Romano-Christian (Byzantine) tombs of various kinds. Loculi and baldacchino tombs predominate varying from tiny infants’ loculi in the walls to grand, canopied sarcophagi. It is a real maze too – complete with dead ends and dark corners. Great fun for older kids to explore.

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