St Publius Church, Floriana, Malta

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St Publius Church, Floriana, Malta


The church of Saint Publius in Floriana dominates the square of Pjazza san Publijo, also known as the Granaries and is worth a visit for its rich red interior and ornate ceiling.


Saint Publius is one of Maltas Patron Saints and he is traditionally regarded as the first Bishop of Malta.  Publius was the Roman Governor of Malta at the time of Saint Pauls shipwreck on 60AD and it is said that Publius was converted to Christianity by the Apostle Paul.


The church was designed by Guiseppe Bonnici in 1733 and was the last important church to be built by the Order of St John.  Sadly, the church was badly damaged during the second world war and the entire structure had to be rebuilt.






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