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Mdina is one of Europe’s finest examples of an ancient walled city and extraordinary in its mix of medieval and baroque architecture. Also called the Silent City this is the old capital of Malta. It is one of the most popularly visited places by travellers because there’s no place like it anywhere.

Mdina, also called the Silent City,

is surrounded by fortified walls and sits on top of one of the highest hills of Malta. Built-in Medieval times, much of its original architecture has been preserved and its narrow alleys tell tales of centuries of history and the various rulers that governed Malta.

The city was founded as Maleth around the 8th century BC by Phoenician settlers. It was later renamed Melite by the Romans. The Ancient Melite was larger than present-day Mdina, and it was reduced to its present size during the Byzantine or Arab occupation of Malta.

 During the latter period, the city adopted its present name, which derives from the Arabic word medina.

Interesting facts about Mdina

It receives 750 000 people per year

 It is one of the most sought-after cities after Valletta. The city welcomes 750K a year all waiting to enjoy the splendour and beauty of the old city.

It receives 750 000 people per year

 It is one of the most sought-after cities after Valletta. The city welcomes 750K a year all waiting to enjoy the splendour and beauty of the old city.

It was nearly destroyed

This splendid, city had suffered damages after an earthquake in Sicily in 1693. Luckily, no civilians were injured at the time. The original Cathedral was severely damaged. It was dismantled and rebuilt to the one we see today. 

It was nearly destroyed

This splendid, city had suffered damages after an earthquake in Sicily in 1693. Luckily, no civilians were injured at the time. The original Cathedral was severely damaged. It was dismantled and rebuilt to the one we see today. 

Under the Normans and successive ruling dynasties,

Malta and Mdina underwent hard times. Malta’s nobility, which gathered inside the walls of Mdina for protection from piratical attacks, had to cater to the needs and administration of Malta. As a result of the courage shown by the inhabitants of Mdina , when they revolted against the injustices of Monroy, the island’s ruler, the King of Spain gave the title of Notabile to the city of L-Imdina.

The city remained the capital of Malta

throughout the Middle Ages, until the arrival of the Order of St. John, when Birgu became the administrative centre of the island. Mdina experienced a period of decline over the following centuries, although it saw a revival in the early 18th century.

  Mdina is still confined within its walls and has a population of just under 300, but it is contiguous with the town of Rabat.

Hollywood second home

Mdina’s most recent – and perhaps most famous – turn as a Hollywood set has been in the first season of the NBC blockbuster series, Game of Thrones.

 

Hollywood second home

Mdina’s most recent – and perhaps most famous – turn as a Hollywood set has been in the first season of the NBC blockbuster series, Game of Thrones.

Points of interest

Catacombs, Chapels, Museums,  St.Paul’s Cathedral, Domvs Romana, ruins of a Roman townhouse just outside the city and much more.

Points of interest

Catacombs, Chapels, Museums,  St.Paul’s Cathedral, Domvs Romana, ruins of a Roman townhouse just outside the city and much more.

Not to be missed:

St Paul’s Cathedral – A masterpiece of 17th-century architecture, the Baroque church features grand Corinthian columns and a magnificent dome decorated in beautiful illustrations by celebrated artists such as Mattia Preti.

According to tradition, where the Cathedral is built today, a palace was originally built and occupied by the Roman Governor Publius, the one appointed by Saint Paul to be Malta’s first bishop.

St Agatha’s Crypt, Catacombs & Museum – One of the best sites in Mdina for history and archaeology enthusiasts.

Palazzo Falson – A museum of fine art and antiquities housed in a 13th-century palace, Palazzo Falson is a must-see. The medieval building, the second oldest in Mdina, contains an impressive collection of art and silver.

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