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St. Paul's Anglican Pro-Cathedral
Ranked #30 of 87 things to do in Valletta
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Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Enjoyable experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2013

Modern language, good music and well prepared service sheets plus a welcoming approach in this lovely cathedral provided a delightful experience.

Visited September 2013
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Helensburgh, United Kingdom
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“Even if your not Religous”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2013

This is an astounding building, filled with amazing art.
Not much for the kids ,but adults would just enjoy the history of the place and the riches on show.

Visited August 2013
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Matlock, United Kingdom
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“I saw where my great-grandparents were married in 1885!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2013

This is a lovely building funded by Queen Adelaide. The volunteers working there were so helpful - trying to find the baptism records of my grandfather's sister - to no avail unfortunately. It is one of the only Anglican churches in Malta - very plain/classical in style and depends on voluntary donations for its existence. Do try and see it - you won't be disappointed!

Visited July 2013
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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“From the days of Empire”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2013

This is a splendid new-classical building that refers, surely not by accident, to St Paul's cathedral in London. It was built in the 19th century when Queen Adelaide found that Anglicans on Malta had no place or worship and gave what was eventually 20 thousand pounds to build this. In the heyday of the British Empire Malta's Protestant great and good worshipped here, and it still has many reminders of that era in the form of memorial plaques and the like. My guess is that it will be of interest primarily to Anglicans and nostalgic Anglophiles, like me.

Visited July 2013
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“St. Paul's Anglican Church”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2013

Roman Catholicism is the main religion in Malta, so most of the churches you see will reflect both the faith and its followers' artistic sensibilities. St. Paul's Anglican Church is very different from that. As I know nothing about Anglicanism I won't embarrass myself by trying to guess whether St. Paul's is a typical Anglican place of worship, but it's clearly quite different from Roman Catholic churches.

It's understandable why some visitors might find it dull or plain, but I found the simple style elegant in its own right. Even better were the various historical artifacts and memorial plaques put up in honor of departed loved ones.

There is no fee to enter as a visitor, but they do ask for a donation if you wish to take photos (and of course donations are accepted any time). Upon entering the church a helpful attendant pointed out the printed guide that I could use for my tour -- it appears to come in a variety of languages. Even if you take time to read every plaque and look in every display case, the tour probably won't take you more than 15 or 20 minutes, presuming the usual slow polite shuffle favored by visitors to religious sites.

My only complaint is that I've not been able to find their hours posted at the church. I've spent some six weeks in Malta and have passed by a few times only to find their door shut despite online information claiming that it would be open then. However, I finally got lucky recently while in Valletta on an errand. Finally, the side door was open and a sign was out front welcoming visitors in. Perhaps they adjust the hours depending on the season. That would make sense, but I wish it had been better publicized.

There were a some steps (half a dozen or less) to negotiate at the visitors entrance and a few more (2 or 3) within the church itself. I'm not sure if wheelchair access is available at another entrance. There is a very small lending library available -- see the selection at the back of the church by the pipe organ restoration exhibit.

Not sure if this falls into the "must see" category, but Anglicans might feel differently. If it's open when you're in the neighborhood and you can spare 15 minutes (and perhaps a euro or two -- come on, it costs money to keep the lights on), take a look. Just don't try comparing it to the RC churches in the neighborhood.

Visited June 2013
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