Valletta: Monastery and Secret Garden in heart of the city.

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Mysterium Fidei is a rare insight into the lives of the cloistered nuns who have lived in the Monastery for over 400yrs. Until recently it was closed to the public it is now open for you to discover.


  • Closed to the public for 400 years it is now open for you to discover.
  • A rare insight into the history, life and home of the cloistered nuns.
  • Enjoy the serenity of the secret garden within the beautiful cloisters.


Hidden away in the heart of Valletta, Mysterium Fidei offers a unique experience within the walls of St Catherine's Monastery. The monastery has been closed to the public for 400 yrs and is, to this very day the home of the 'closed order' of Augustinian nuns. The free audio tour, gives a fascinating insight into the humble life lived by the nuns over the centuries. When joining the order the nuns vowed never to leave the Monastery. You can experience how they lived a 'self sustainable' life which facilitated them never having to go out into the outside world. You can even visit the Crypt, their final resting place. Enjoy the serenity of the garden, escape the hustle and bustle of the busy Valletta streets and appreciate the beautiful architecture within the cloisters. See the old vines, once harvested to make wine, growing high up towards the sun at the top of the monastery. The sound of the water in the fountain is soothing and adds to the tranquility of the garden, a rare space in Valletta where gardens are not common place. The audio tour is available in eight languages and takes approximately 40 minutes to complete, you are then free to spend time in the garden and cloisters, soaking up the peaceful atmosphere within the walls of Mysterium Fidei. To access the tour you simply download our Wi-Fi and install the App ‘Mysterium Fidei’. QR codes are strategically placed at 15 information points around the complex. Should you prefer not to download the audio tour, you can read the information boards which give an edited version of the history (are available in English). Mysterium Fidei is a truly unique experience in the heart of Valletta. Located in St Christopher Street on the corner with Strait Street, you can find Mysterium Fidei on Google Maps. We are open 7 days a week :- Monday - Saturday from 0930am - 4.30pm last entry 4pm Sunday from 0930am to 4pm, last entry 3.30pm. Audio Tour available in :- Maltese, English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Polish and Russian.


Entrance fee includes the excellent audio tour which is available in :- Maltese, English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Polish, Russian. Download the App and listen to the tour from your mobile phone. Alternatively you can read the information boards which provide the information in English.

Important Information

  • The Monastery is an authentic old building. Access is via a few low stone steps, please call in advance should you need assistance on entry.

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