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“Extremely interesting and unusual”

St. Agatha's Crypt, Catacombs & Museum
Ranked #2 of 29 things to do in Rabat
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

These catacombs are a place where the people of Mdina used to be burried between 3rd and 8th century. During the tour you can see the graves dug in the stone and many old wall paintings. It was really a special experience for me and would recommand it.

Thank Petra Č
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"beautiful frescoes"
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"easy minute walk"
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"fascinating collection"
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"knowledgeable guide"
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"well worth a visit"
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Reviewed March 9, 2018 via mobile

An amazing small eclectic museum full of fascinating artefacts, - archaeological, architectural, geological, natural historical, artistic, religious, - well worth a long lingering visit. The guided short tour of the fascinating catacombs was conducted smoothly and clearly.

Thank DHW2015
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Reviewed December 5, 2017

Closed on Sundays, as well as Saturdays afternoons, this place is still run by a religious order. The museum one can visit by themselves, and is very eclectic, with fossils, minerals, archaeological objects as well as some religious objects. The museum is very old fashioned, so the cases are packed with objects, and there is little of no information about what is on display. The cases should also be cleaned. The real reason to go, however, is for the guided tour, of the underground altars, and the catacombes, which still has 2 nice frescoes. One of them from the altar, as this was a Christian burial site, and had a chapel. Supposedly St Aghata, while fleeing, prayed here, as a result between the 13th and 16th century this became a votive place, with people painting saints out of thanks. In the 17th century 2 altars were installed in this cave, both highly decorated. Underground one is not allowed to take pictures.

1  Thank Katrien S
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Reviewed November 18, 2017

This is a low key but very atmospheric place. There is a small museum with a small but comprehensive collection of fossils, rocks,pottery, etc and religious articles.Then there is an informative, guided tour of some catacombs, some of the graves contain bones and best of all some colourful frescos dating to the 12th century. It is very humid and damp underground which adds to the atmosphere.It can feel quite eerie too. I would choose this place in preference to the more commercial sites. You can sit in the courtyard if you fancy a quiet break.

Thank Linda S
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Reviewed October 9, 2017

What can I say even though only 5euros a total waste of time.
The museum is not much one floor up stairs and the catacombs are of some size but you only see 10% of them and the guided tour took me about 10-15mins if that as I was the only one.

Thank wahaejock
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