MALTA Rabat - St Paul's Cathedral, St Paul's Grotto and the Wignacourt Museum

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The church is built on part of the site of the Roman city Melite, which included all of Mdina and a large part of present-day Rabat. There were numerous churches built on the site of the present church which dates from the 17th century. In 1336 bishop Hilarius refers to the church as ecclesia Sancti Pauli de crypta, and also mentions the cemetery and the Roman ditch.

The present church was built to replace a church which was completed in 1578. The new church was built with funds provided by the noble woman Guzmana Navarra on plans prepared by Francesco Buonamici. The church building commenced in 1653 was completed by Lorenzo Gaf in 1683. Annexed with the church of St Paul is a smaller church dedicated to St Publius which was rebuilt in 1692 and again in 1726 by Salvu Borg.

A street in Rabat

 

Rabat street and the dome of St Paul's Cathedral, Rabat

 

The facade of St Paul's Cathedral, Rabat

 

Collegiate Church of St Paul, Rabat

 

The interior of St Paul's church

 

The amazing glass chandeliers in St Paul's, Rabat

 

  

The interior of the dome of St Pauls

 

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The steps down to St Paul's Grotto

 

 

 

 

Some of the carved out rooms in St Paul's Grotto, some were used as World War II shelters from German air raids.

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paintings in the Wignacourt  Museum

 

 

 

   

 

 

Portable altar table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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