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Building - St Paul’s Church
St Paul’s Church / Basilica

During the Roman period Mdina was bigger than the present city and was called Melite. A part of the present Rabat was part of the city Melite. Apostle St. Paul was held captive in a cave in Melite during  the 3 months he was in Malta. Several churches have been built above this cave.

In 1336 Bishop Hilarius referred to the church on the cave. The present church replaced the church which was completed in 1578. The building started in 1653 led by architect Lorenzo Gafà and was finished in 1683. The plans for it were made by Francesco Buonamici and the funds for the construction were provided by the noble Lady Guzmana Navarra.
The St. Paul’s Church is the present parish church of Rabat.

A small church is attached to the church which is dedicated to St. Publius. This small church was rebuilt in 1713. This church also gives access to the cave where St. Paul was imprisoned.

Entrance to the cave and St. Paul’s Church is via the Wignacourt museum.

Read also about te attached St. Publius Church.
Holy Mass
Mondays to Saturday
6:00 - 7:45 and 18:00
6:00 - 7:30 - 9:30 - 10:30 - 12:00 and  18:00
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