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St. Agatha's Crypt, Catacombs & Museum

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Address: St. Agatha Street, Rabat, Island of Malta 2020, Malta
Phone Number: +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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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

For me, this was the highlight of the visits I made to many of Malta's historic sights. I expect that most of the well known places will have been "reviewed to death" and so I will concentrate on St. Agatha's. Catacombs were a good choice for my time in Rabat, because of incessant rain; and I thought St. Agatha's looked... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Probably in my top 5 of all things we did in Malta and Gozo BUT because it isn't that touristy. We were the only ones arriving so the chap did a tour just for us, so it felt special (if a bit awkward at first). The tour guide was really knowledgeable and answered our questions, and then we went up... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited with family earlier today- great museum- needed more than 20 mins to look around. Crypt & Catacombes a lot less 'Disney' that the others. Very good- worth the visit. Floor uneven and if you have mobility issues avoid this place, lots of ducking and small doors.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Small but easy accessible catacombs, a little more rough than the S:t Pauls catacombs. Not so big at all, but very interesting. Not so damp either! Access through a small church with a lady that's very eager to welcome you. No entrance, but donations.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

For five euro per adult you could visit the museum, crypt and catacombs. The tickets were bought from a guy sitting just by the entrance of the museum. One could choose in which order to visit. The crypt and catacombs are visited together with a guide in group so one could visit the museum before or after or both before... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Fascinating if a little odd museum. Guided tours by a knowledgible person will answer any questions. Artwork on the stone walls is fascinating.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

St Paul's Catacombs are recommended but I preferred my visit here. The museum is packed full of interesting artifacts and is definitely worthwhile. A guide is provided with the tour of the catacombs which was extremely helpful. There is also more to see when going through them.

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Leidschendam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

After we did buy a ticket we did visit the compact museum with a large number of items before the tour did start. With about 12 other tourist and a guide we made a short walk through the catacombs. Most catacombs where not cleared! The guide did tell interesting details about the catacombs during the tour. There were no metal... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

Have visited St Pauls catacombs, which are bigger, but this is more atmospheric. Guided tour was for a very small group, so it felt almost personal. The frescos are utterly beautiful, and the in-situ skeletons give you a much clearer sense of the original purpose of the catacombs. Also included is the little museum above the ticket office, which is... More 

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