One of the buildings which is easily recognisable when looking at Valletta’s Skyline is St Paul’s Pro-Cathedral. he cathedral was commissioned by the Dowager Queen Adelaide during a visit to Malta in the 19th Century when she found out that there was no place of Anglican worship on the island. Prior to this Anglican services were held in a room in the Grand Master’s Palace. Built on the site of the Auberge d’Allemagne (the conventual home of the German Knights Hospitaller), the cathedral was designed by William Scamp and was built between 1839 and 1844. Queen Adelaide laid the foundation stone on 20 March 1839 and her banner hangs above the choir stalls.
With the Cathedral having had to close its door to visitors due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, a new virtual tour was recently launched, also thanks to the assistance of the Malta Tourism Authority. In this way, the Cathedral’s virtual doors will remain open to locals and visitors alike, from all over the world, and in the comfort of a person’s laptop, tablet or phone.
The tour can be accessed on https://www.stpaulspromalta.org/cathedral-tour/ and it features 12 short videos, with an English-language narrator, which makes it feel like you are going around this glorious iconic Valletta landmark with your own private tour guide. The plan is for these videos to have French, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese narration in the near future. Moreover, this tour is also accessible on the ‘St Paul Pro-Cathedral’ App which can be downloaded free on any device.
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