During the earthquake in 1693 the original cathedral from the 13. century was almost completely destroyed. About ten years later the architect Lorenzo Gafà built a new cathedral in baroque style in a period of just five years. The vault of the cathedral shows a couple of impressive panel paintings by the brothers Manno, which portray the shipwreck of the Holy Patron of St. Paul of Malta. During his journey from Crete to Rome he was shipwrecked and landed in Malta, where he took shelter in St. Pauls grotto. From there he held the Holy Mass and healed many people. That is how he became one of the three Patron Saints of Malta. Next to the shipwreck there are many other things in the cathedral to admire. For instance the tombstones of bishops, prelates and ancestors of the maltese aristocracy, which decorate the floor of the cathedral and the altarpiece by Mattia Preti, which shows the conversion of St. Paul. The remnants of the original cathedral are now placed in the Cathedral Museum, which is located in a baroque palace at St. Paul's square. You can find countless paintings, wood work and other art pieces of big names like Rembrandt and Dürer, as well as rare coins, apostel statues and archived documents of the inquisition. Both the cathedral and the museum are definitely worth a visit and will embrace you with their glory and wealth.
Opening hours of both sightseeings are from Monday till Friday between 9:30am and 4:30pm and on Saturday between 9am and 3:30pm. The entrance fee is 5 Euro (discounts for children and students available).