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Church of St Mary Magdalene, Valletta

Church of St Mary Magdalene, Valletta

Artist & artwork at this venue:

Kyung-Jin Cho


Swing Jam, 2017
Sound installation

Activated by a rotating mechanism, three wooden pieces navigate the space between a series of ceramic bowls manually shaped by the artist, creating wonderful vibrating sounds.

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Church of St Mary Magdalene

Valletta boasts numerous churches and chapels that were built during the time of the Knights of the Order of St John. The church dedicated to St Mary Magdalene was commissioned by Grand Master Antoine de Paul and constructed between 1623 and 1636. It was built for the cloistered nuns of St Mary Magdalene, whose monastery once stood next to the church, being the largest and richest of Valletta’s nunneries. The Magdalene nuns of Valletta enjoyed a history of 203 years affiliated to the Order of St John, until it was abolished by the French authorities who must have keenly aware of their wealth.

During the WW2, the church and monastery suffered great damage, and eventually fell into a bad state of neglect. The church has been recently restored, bringing its Baroque interior to life once again, and opening up its use as a cultural venue.

Church of St Mary Magdalene
Merchants Street, Valletta

Opening hours:
Tue - Sun 10 am - 6 pm

Tour through the venues with information and photos about the sites and exhibited artworks, as well as interactive geolocations.

© Photos: Courtesy Valletta 2018 Foundation
© Photo on top: Darren Agius

A Contemporary Art Exhibition at various Heritage Sites

13 October - 9 December 2018

Curator: Rosa Martínez

Austin Camilleri, Chiharu Shiota, Eulalia Valldosera, Forensic Oceanography and Forensic Architecture, Kyung-Jin Cho, Malta Fancy Poultry and Pigeon Club, Marina Abramović, Readymades in Malta, Saskia Calderón, Tania Berta Judith, Yoshitomo Nara

Part of Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture
Valletta 2018 Foundation

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