St John's Co-Cathedral

Come and visit The Caravaggio Centre at St John’s Co-Cathedral

Come and experience the captivating world of Caravaggio at The Caravaggio Centre, a project co-funded by the European Regional Development fund, located within the historic St John’s Co-Cathedral. Immerse yourself in the masterpieces of this renowned artist, whose groundbreaking works continue to inspire and intrigue audiences worldwide.  Absorb this centre of information, education, and interactivity.

At The Caravaggio Centre, you’ll embark on a journey through the life and artistry of Caravaggio, exploring his revolutionary techniques, frantic life, and enduring legacy. Our expertly curated centre offers a rare opportunity to witness Caravaggio’s most iconic works up close, providing insight into the genius behind the brushstrokes.  The Centre will be providing visitors the opportunity of an improved interactive and informative experience during their visit and this additional area is being offered as a complimentary admission with the same entrance ticket pass.

Whether you’re a seasoned art enthusiast, simply curious to discover more about this enigmatic figure or after a unique experience, The Caravaggio Centre promises an enriching and unforgettable journey for all. The President of the Foundation, Mr Micallef during his opening speech commented that “this investment is the prime example of the work that this Foundation is doing to improve the experience of those who visit St John’s Co-Cathedral –  a project that is one of the many that we are carrying out, that will continue to make this Con-Cathedral a place that makes us proud all over the world”.

What to expect when visiting The Caravaggio Centre:

  • First floor: ‘Face to Face’ is an area where visitors can learn all about ‘The Beheading’. The life-size projections bring the visitor face to face with all the painting’s important details that are overlooked most of the time due to the confines of the Oratory.
  • Ground floor: Another of Caravaggio’s attractions is the painting depicting St Jerome Writing. Interactive displays provide information relating to the history of the painting and focus on the educational aspect.
  • On same level – ‘Meet Caravaggio’ is an audio-visual area giving a narrative about the artist’s life, career, and artistic achievements of Caravaggio and his artistic production during his stay in Malta.

In this advanced designated area, the visitor will be able to enjoy the visual projections in an informative manner that provokes learning.

The scientific section will provide the opportunity to understand the creative process of the artist, but also the vicissitudes undergone by the painting over the centuries thanks to the aid of non-invasive diagnostic techniques, such as the Infrared Reflectography, UV lights and the High Definition.

The Minister for National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government, Owen Bonnici, pointed out how the masterpieces of this renowned artist and his innovative works continue to inspire numerous audiences around the world. He also explained that this is an educational and interactive centre full of wonderful information.

Minister Bonnici explained that the fact that this additional area will be offered as a complimentary entry with the same pass as the entry ticket means that the wonderful experience that one passes through will be enhanced when one visits this architectural jewel. He said that this inauguration is a gift not only to our country, but to European art because Caravaggio’s works are a wonderful expression of European creativity.

Archbishop Charles Scicluna said the Caravaggio Centre’s significance extended far beyond aesthetic value. As well as showcasing the artist’s genius, it was also a testament to the lasting relevance of Caravaggio’s art which depicted both good and evil.

The Archbishop said: “In The Beheading of St John the Baptist, we witness the tragedy that unfolds when arrogance and abuse of power victimise the innocent. Caravaggio’s masterpiece stands as a poignant reminder of the ongoing human tragedy. It mirrors current events in Ukraine, the Holy Land, Sudan, and numerous other countries.” Archbishop Scicluna expressed his hope that this project would inspire visitors to seek positive change.

The Caravaggio Centre awaits you with open doors and boundless inspiration!

Monday to Saturday:
09.00 hrs to 16.45 hrs
(last entry at 16.15 hrs)
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays
Adults €15
Seniors €12
Students €12
Children Free under 12 years of age (when accompanied by an adult)
Monday to Friday:
08.30 hrs
08.30 hrs / 17.45 hrs
Sundays and Feast Days:
7:45 hrs / 9:15 hrs / 11:30 hrs / 17:45 hrs