Catacombs of St. Paul
Visitors Rabats are well-known catacombs of St. Paul. This is one of the largest burials that covers an area of more than 2000 square meters, with a large hall divided into two cameras. This tomb with hundreds of graves dates back to the III century and is one of the earliest archaeological evidence of Christianity in Malta. Few the remaining frescoes in the catacombs of St. Paul are the only preserved testimony of the Maltese painting of the end of the Roman period.
Catacombs were used in Roman times, for the burial of the dead, since the Romans considered nonhygienic to bury the dead within the city. These necropolis were also found outside the fortress walls. Today, most of the catacombs are located on the Mdina fields within the Rabat district.
Later, the catacombs were used by early Christians who held here secret meetings and services in the persecution of Christians. Under Roman rule, Maltese Christians also buried their dead in secluded underground cemeteries.
These catacombs consist of wide corridors with periodically encountered carved tombstones. A characteristic feature of Maltese catacombs are "Tables Agap" Carved from stone. Here, the grief probably spent the last meal in honor of the deceased.
These catacombs received their name because of their proximity to the Church and the Grota of St. Paul, where the apostle, as believed, preached during his stay in Malta.
At the entrance to the catacombs of St. Paul is a small museum with a variety of and interesting collections, for example, by the coins of the Roman era, Etruscan and Egyptian artifacts.