MDINA - A step back in history
The history of Mdina traces back more than 4000 years. According to tradition it was here that in 60 A.D. that the Apostle St. Paul is said to have lived after being shipwrecked on the Islands. Furthermore, it is said that St. Paul resided inside the grotto known as Fuori le Mura (outside the city walls) now known as St. Paul's Grotto in Rabat. Lamp lit by night and referred to as "the silent city".
Mdina has had different names and titles depending on its rulers and its role but its medieval name describe it best - ‘Citta' Notabile': the noble city. It was home then, as now, to Malta's noble families; some are descendants of the Norman, Sicilian and Spanish overlords who made Mdina their home from the 12th century onwards. Impressive palaces line its narrow, shady streets. Mdina is one of Europe's finest examples of an ancient walled city and extraordinary in its mix of medieval and baroque architecture.
Once inside the city walls, the fascinating history and riches left by the elite Knights of Malta in cathedrals and palaces make you feel as though you have stepped back in history. St Paul’s cathedral is one of the famous attractions located in the centre of Mdina and its impressive façade surprises visitor that emerge from the narrow alleys. The interior of St Paul’s Cathedral is lavish and boasts of a succession of paintings including paintings of Mattia Preti. Another famous attraction, the Natural History Museum, housed in the former Magisterial Palace of Justice, has extensive Geology and Palaeontology collections. Other famous attractions include the charming chapels, the Mdina Dungeons Museum and the Carmelite Priory.