St Pauls Catacombs, Rabat, Malta

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St Pauls Catacombs, Rabat, Malta


Although named the St Pauls catacombs, it is not believed that there is any connection except that they are close to the St Pauls church and grotto.  The catacombs are now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Centre and have attracted European funding to improve the facilities and carry out historical and environmental investigations.


The catacombs are a labyrinth of underground galleries and tombs, with more than one thousand bodies and covering an area of 2,200 square metres.  Some of the earliest signs of Christianity are evident in the catacombs, with symbols cut into the rock above some of the tombs.


The catacombs are part of a large cemetery lying outside the walls of the ancient Greek city of Melita, which is now called Mdina and was once the capital of Malta.  Only two of rooms out of the twenty four are open to the public, are located at the bottom of a seven metre staircase.


Also take a look at St Agatha’s catacombs



Opening hours

Every day from 0900 – 1700

Closed Good Friday, Christmas Eve and Day, New Year’s Eve and Day


The Rabat-Mdina multi ticket gives access to the catacombs, Domus Romana and National Museum of Natural History.






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