St.Paul’s Catacombs are a typical complex of interconnected, underground Roman cemeteries that were in use up to the 4th century AD. They are located on the outskirts of the old Roman capital Melite (today’s Mdina), since Roman law prohibited burials within the city. St Paul’s Catacombs represent the earliest and largest archaeological evidence of Christianity in Malta. The site was cleared and investigated in 1894 by Dr A.A. Caruana, the pioneer of Christian era archaeology in Malta.
Reasons to Visit
- The largest late Roman underground cemetery in Malta.
- The earliest and largest archaeological evidence of Christianity in Malta.
- A spiritual hub serving as a burial ground from Punic and Roman times.
- Various tomb types showing the work that was required to dig such a cemetery.