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Column of Saint Paul
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View of the Column of Saint Paul at which, according to tradition, Saint Paul was bedheaded.

Part of this column is venerated in one of the chapels of Saint Paul in the Collegiate Parish church of Saint Paul's Shipwreck in Valletta, Malta!


According to tradition, it was here that the Apostle Paul was executed June 29, 67.  The tradition indicates that he was beheaded and that his head bounced on the ground three times and three fountains sprang from the ground where the head bounced.

The three springs were shut down in 1950 due to water contamination.

The current church was built in 1599.  An earlier church was built here in the 5th century A.D.  A monastic community was established here in 641.  St. Bernard stayed here during his time in Rome—1138–40.  The Abby contains three churches.