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St. Agatha's Crypt, Catacombs & Museum

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Address: St. Agatha Street, Rabat, Island of Malta 2020, Malta
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+356 2145 4503
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St. Paul’s Catacombs are a typical complex of interconnected, underground...

St. Paul’s Catacombs are a typical complex of interconnected, underground Roman cemeteries that were in use up to the 4th century AD. They are located on the outskirts of the old Roman capital Melite (today’s Mdina), since Roman law prohibited burials within the city. St Paul’s Catacombs represent the earliest and largest archaeological evidence of Christianity in Malta. The site was cleared and investigated in 1894 by Dr A.A. Caruana, the pioneer of Christian archaeology in Malta.

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Like many reviewers on this site we decided to visit both St Paul's and St Agatha's Catacombs on the same day due to their very close proximity. Overall we felt that St Agatha's... read more

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Royston, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Like many reviewers on this site we decided to visit both St Paul's and St Agatha's Catacombs on the same day due to their very close proximity. Overall we felt that St Agatha's gave a much better impression of what the Catacombs must have been like in the past. The ancient frescoes are amazing and it was great to see... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Atmospheric and interesting. Found our way there after a visit to the larger St Paul's just five minutes away. First you visit a rather eccentric museum which has objects ranging from coins, old dolls, a mummified crocodile to a didgeridoo and Etruscan pottery. Then you are given a guided tour of the catacombs which have restored frescoes. The catacombs you... More 

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Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

We visited St Agathas catacombs and it was amazing, much better than St Paul catacombs. With 5€/ per person ticket, we visited the museum on the first floor and then a guy from the church take us to the catacombs a gave us some information about the place. The place is really amazing with a mystery and strange energy. The... More 

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Reviewed 19 March 2017

With limited time and having read the reviews on here and other sites, as one does, I made the decision to visit here rather than the larger St Pauls site across the road. When I arrived I was informed that the next tour was not for another 20 minutes so I went upstairs for a quick look at the Museum... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

We choose to visit the St Agatha Catacombs over the St Paul's which is just a stone trow away. Arrived at 16:15. There was a red sign on the closed door "Come in we're open" and another "Guided tour at 16:30". At 16:33 the door was still closed. We rushed at the St Paul Catacombs to find the gate was... More 

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Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

We visited with three children aged 4,7&8. As other reviewers have mentioned this is really well done with guided tour of the catacombs and good explanation for example without the guide explanation I would never have guessed the round stone was Agape table for a last celebration before burial. Be warned that there are real skeleton around (these are catacombs... More 

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Cumbria England
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Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

The actual catacombs were very interesting, as there were several frescos as well as many open tombs, but the visit was influenced by the very dry delivery of the guide. There was no opportunity to take a few extra minutes to absorb the atmosphere as we were kept in a tight little group. Prior to the guided tour there was... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 January 2017

We visited this after the St. Paul's catacombs so we were somewhat catacombed out and as has been said b4 the guided tour spiel may be too often repeated to hold the deliverers interest. The Museum artefacts - above ground accompanying were highly quirky- Egyptian Mummified Crocs etc and labelled rocks and stones- a geologists dream perhaps? The path down... More 

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Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

Together with these Catacombs it is a must to also visit St Paul's Catacombs and St Paul's Grotto. Very informative and well organized. What history, unbelievably worth visiting.

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Reviewed 29 November 2016

We visited in November 2016. Don't miss the museum, it has a fascinating collection of items. We spent 30-40 minutes looking around the museum. I think Catacombs tour lasted about 25-30 minutes. We are both rather tall/large people and had no problems in the Catacombs, just watch your head as you pass through the doorways! Easy 10 minute walk from... More 

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