St. Paul’s Church

On the same side of Paul Street as the University of Malta, beyond the Market, is the Church of St Paul Shipwrecked, with a sumptuous interior containing a fine altar-piece depicting the shipwreck by Paladini (1544-1614).

Cassar originally built this church but it has been remodeled and redecorated twice since. As befits a building dedicated to one of Malta’s patron saints, it is lavish, and it houses some venerated possessions. The plan is a Latin Cross, the dome elliptical and the floor tessellated. The wooden gilded statue of St Paul is by Melchiorre Gafa and is solemnly carried through the streets on February 10 every year, the day St Paul’s shipwreck is commemorated.