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St Paul’s Catacombs

  • Address
    Hal-Bajjada, Ir-Rabat, Malta
  • Web
    https://heritagemalta.mt/explore/st-pauls-catacombs/
  • Visiting Hours
    Everyday from 10:00 to 18:00
  • What to see
    Catacombs of the Roman era

The Catacombs of St. Paul in Malta, located in Rabat, are of profound historical and religious significance. Dating back to the 4th century AD, these Christian catacombs have served as a place of burial and worship for the Maltese Christian community for centuries. St. Paul the Apostle is said to have taken refuge in the catacombs during his stay in Malta in 60 AD after being shipwrecked on the island. From this grotto it is believed that S. Paul preached Christianity and healed the sick. This event links the Catacombs to the figure of St. Paul and reinforces their connection to the Christian tradition in Malta.

The Catacombs of St. Paul stand out as a crucial point on the Maltese Way of St. James, as they are the starting point of this pilgrimage route on the island. Pilgrims who set out from Rabat on this route have the opportunity to explore this historic site, immerse themselves in the roots of Maltese Christianity and follow in the footsteps of St. Paul. The Catacombs not only offer a unique experience for pilgrims, but also bear witness to Malta’s rich Christian history, cementing its central position on the Maltese Way of St. James.

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