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 Romano-Christian (Byzantine) tombs. There are also a few Jewish and pagan tombs amongst the smaller hypogea across the road from the visitors’ centre. There is a wide variety of tomb types here, from simple loculi to once-extravagant canopied sarcophagi. 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.  All sorts seem to have been buried here from tiny infants’ (see the little loculi in the walls) to important/wealthy adults. 

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