St Paul's Catacombs

Price guide: Mid-range

St Agatha's Street, Rabat, RBT 2013

Price guide: Mid-range

Catacombs
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By Juliet Rix, your Mdina expert

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Expert overall rating:4.9 out of 5
Value for money:
5
5.0
Recommended for:
Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, Seasoned travellers, Education, History, Sightseeing

Expert review of St Paul's Catacombs

The best of Malta’s unique Roman catacombs.

With over 2000 square metres of underground Roman tombs cut into solid rock, this is a labyrinth to delightfully spook adventurous kids as well as fascinate interested adults. There are several different kinds of tombs, as well as round tables surrounded by benches - all cut from solid rock. Malta is the only place where these tables - for the funerary meal - are found underground. I must admit that, although the Romans undoubtedly used lots of sweet smelling oils on their dead, I wouldn’t have fancied eating down here!

Price advice: 

Adults cost 5 euros, over-60s and children aged 12-17 are 3.50 euros, and children aged 6-11 are 2.50 euros. Children under-6 are free.

Expert tips: 
The audioguide (included in the entry fee with a deposit) is good but a little slow moving. Even if you don't listen to it all, the numbers found around the catacombs are useful to follow to make sure you don't miss anything.
Make sure you don’t miss the two smaller catacombs next to the main one - there is some extraordinary carving here that looks as if it was done yesterday.
Check out the Aladdin-style lamps that were used to light the catacombs in the single glass case in reception.

More information on St Paul's Catacombs:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Archaeological site, Historic site
Address:
St Agatha's Street, Rabat, RBT 2013
Telephone:
21 454 562
Website:
http://www.heritagemalta.org
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Daily 9am-5pm.
Indoor/outdoor?:
Indoor
Free tags / Keywords:
Roman, Catacombs

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