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Report 2012: Five Days in Malta

By Eleanor from UK, Spring 2012

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Page 9 of 24: Valletta Churches - St Paul's Anglican Cathedral

photo by MAW

Chancel

St Paul's Anglican Cathedral was built in 1839-4 after Queen Adelaide, the wife of William IV, visited Malta and was horrified there was no proper Anglican Church. The British had been at pains not to offend the strongly Roman Catholic population. She paid for the church to be built on the site of the old Auberge belonging to German Langue.

It is a large building with a very English spire and a popular place of worship for British settlers. Inside, there is a large nave with plain sandstone walls and big round stone pillars along the walls and wooden pews. A small font at the west end stands on a raised dais with pillars supporting a cupola above. Pillars at the back of the church are fluted with gilt and have gilt carved tops. Between the pillars are panels with blue and gold patterned brocade.

Flags hang from the walls.

There is a grey border round the top of the walls. The nave ceiling is made of pale marble slabs. Side aisles have blue panels with cream frames.

A small simple rood screen of marble pillars with a stone across the top separates the nave and chancel. There are three rows of wooden choir stalls. The altar has fluted pillars and an arch with a coat of arms above supported by two figures. On the wall behind the altar are wooden panels with the names of armed forces stationed in Malta during the Second World War. There are more commemorative panels on the side walls. There is a small plain wood lectern and simple white marble pulpit.

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