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Mdina: a beautiful medieval walled city in Malta

If you want to know an authentic medieval walled city, you must visit Mdina. You will also discover a beautiful country. And it is that, the cultural and patrimonial wealth of Malta is enormous. This city that we are going to visit is just an example. Do you want to discover it with us?

The past of the Maltese archipelago, especially its main island, has left behind wonderful buildings from many different eras. Here you will find places where time seems to have stoppedas is the case of the walled city of Mdina, which we are going to visit.

Tour the medieval walled city of Mdina

Entrance to Mdina

Founded by the Phoenicians, this city will immediately dazzle you. It was the capital of Malta for a long time and today its streets make everyone who steps on them go back several centuries. If you like movies with a historical setting, in Mdina you will feel like the protagonist of one of them.

Known as the “city of silence”, this town still recalls the atmosphere of what could be a settlement in medieval times. The tranquility that is associated with its concept of the city of silence is greatly helped by the scarcity of neighbors, since they do not reach half a thousand.

Its main characteristic, at first glance, is the particular light brown color of its buildings, which is enhanced by sunlight. In this way, here you can enjoy magical moments. And it is so special, that scenes from the famous series have been shot in Mdina Game of Thrones.

There are several points to recommend in this incredible medieval walled city. But to enjoy it the best thing is to walk quietly through its streets. Thus, in addition to the main monuments, you will discover the little secrets that each of its buildings hides.

Visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral

San Pablo’s cathedral

On your visit to Mdina you have to spend at least an hour to see St. Paul’s Cathedral. It was built between the end of the 17th century and the beginning of the 18th to replace the old cathedral, destroyed after an earthquake in 1693.

Some elements of the previous construction that survived the catastrophe are still preserved in the temple. Among them, the paintings that show the conversion of Saint Paul stand out and the frescoes in the apse.

It is also interesting to visit the cathedral museum. Remains of the old building can be seen in it. And it also displays a collection of coins from different eras.

 

The fact that the cathedral is dedicated to Saint Paul is no accident. The apostle lived on the island for a time, after suffering a shipwreck in the year 60.

Other landmarks in Mdina

Mdina street

In addition to strolling through the streets of this medieval walled city and visiting the cathedral, there is much more to do. It is essential to visit Falson Palace, built at the end of the XV century. A sample of the life habits of the medieval nobility and that has survived the passage of time and the earthquake that demolished the cathedral.

in Medina we find other emblematic buildings, such as the Vilhena Palace or the convent and the church of the Carmelites. All of them are good examples of the medieval architecture that survives in what was once the most prosperous city in Malta.

The neighbor Rabat

View of Rabat

Once we have enjoyed Mdina, the proximity to Rabat forces us to discover its charms. It is a town that was once a suburb of Mdina and that hides interesting corners.

The best known place is the Catacombs of Saint Paul. It is a burial place during Roman times. They are not as large as others of the time, but they are valuable in that they have been perfectly preserved.

If you are not particularly fearful and do not suffer from claustrophobia, it is worth walking through the corridors of what is one of the best preserved underground cemeteries in the world. Y you can also visit the catacombs of Santa Ágatawhich hide a small basilica.

In Rabat, moreover, you must visit the church of San Pedro. Beneath it there are some caves in which it is said that the apostle hid. The Wignacourt Museum or the Bernard mansion are also worth visiting.

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