Baroque at its Peak

Take a peek with webo29 into St John’s Co-Cathedral - Valletta and Malta’s baroque gem. A unique repository of wonders dating back to the 16th century.

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Built as the conventual church for the Knights of St John, St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta, Malta was commissioned in 1572 by Grand Master Jean de la Cassière. It was designed by the Maltese military architect Gerolamo Cassar.

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As you might have already figured out, the church is dedicated to St John the Baptist, the patron saint of the Order.

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The Knights, eager to rival the great churches of Rome, donated gifts of high artistic value and made enormous contributions to enrich the church.

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The Calabrian artist Mattia Preti, for example, was commissioned to transform the interior into a celebration of Baroque art. He did so by painting the entire ceiling with oils directly on stone.

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The co-Cathedral houses Caravaggio’s Beheading of St John the Baptist, the only signed painting by the Italian master of the chiaro scuro technique.

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Another unique attraction are the intricate, marble-inlaid tombstones, which form a magnificently-patterned floor which will keep your easily straying eyes fixed to the ground.

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Today, St John’s is not just a church but also a venue for cultural events and above all, one of the most popular cultural attractions visited by tourists in Malta.

It is administered by the St John’s Co-Cathedral Foundation, which was set up in 2001 to ensure the church’s and museum’s conservation.

Source/further information: “http://www.stjohnscocathedral.com/”:http://www.stjohnscocathedral.com
Interior images taken with the Fuji Natura Classica and Lomography 800iso film. 

The Fuji Natura Classica is an exceptional, light-sensitive camera which allows you to take stunning analogue photographs using only available light. Its Natural Photo mode detects the subject’s brightness and adjusts the exposure accordingly, eliminating the need to use flash. For images that radiate natural beauty, get your own Fuji Natura Classica now!

written by webo29 on 2012-03-21 in #world #locations #art #valletta-malta-baroque #architecture #art-and-culture #st-john-s-co-cathedral #church #select-type-of-location

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