Mdina Things to Do

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    TAKE IN THE SURROUNDING VIEWS

    by balhannah Written Sep 4, 2012
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    In the walled city of Mdina, we found a high terrace which had an outdoor Cafe. What was good here, were the marvellous views.
    We could see the Village of Rabat, and the historic Clock Tower, the many acres of land under cultivation.
    Valletta was in the distance, and inbetween Valletta and Mdina, was a huge football Stadium.
    Great views!

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    MDINA CATHEDRAL MUSEUM

    by balhannah Written Sep 4, 2012

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    Located across the square from St. Paul's Cathedral, is the Cathedral Museum.

    The Museum is located in the former Diocesan Seminary which was built in 1733-40. On the outside of this building are beautiful sculptures to be looked at and admired before entering. Once inside there is plenty to see.
    The coin collection spanning over 2,000 years and documents from the time of the Inquisition are pretty impressive, as are the paintings and the huge choir books, the size of a small table! These date from 1576. There are a lot more religious items to see.

    OPEN......
    Monday to Friday from 9.30 am till 4.30 pm. ....Saturdays from 9.30 am till 3.30 pm.
    Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.

    ADMISSION FOR CATHEDRAL & MUSEUM.... Euro 2.50

    Tickets including the entrance to the Cathedral, the Cathedral Museum and the Museum Extension at Palazzo de Piro can be purchased at the Cathedral or the Cathedral Museum.

    Adults € 5.00
    Students € 2.50
    Children under the age of 11: free

    ADMISSION ONLY TO..... Museum Extension at Palazzo de Piro only, for the price of €1.50.
    Can be purchased at Palazzo de Piro directly.
    The rest of Palazzo de Piro is accessible free of charge.

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    ST. PAULS CATHEDRAL

    by balhannah Updated Sep 4, 2012
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    The Cathedral of St. Paul was built between 1697 & 1702 to replace a Norman cathedral that had been destroyed by earthquake in 1693. To build it, several streets and houses were cleared to create an open square in front of the cathedral.

    St Paul's has an impressive facade and Dome, which has red-and-white stripes, and dominates the skyline. The dome's interior has been decorated by a succession of painters; today’s decoration dates from the 1950s.

    Inside is beautiful too! The marble-inlaid floor has tombstones carrying the coats of arms and inscriptions of the bishops of Mdina and other members of the cathedral chapter. Beautiful frescoes adorn the ceiling, one of them in the apse depicting St. Paul’s shipwreck. Paintings and beautiful carvings make this Church a MUST VISIT.

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    WALKING MDINA

    by balhannah Updated Sep 4, 2012
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    If you want to see absolutely everything, then it is probably best to pick up a street map of Mdina.
    As Mdina isn't that large, I just wandered around the narrow alley ways, going where-ever I saw something interesting to see.
    I think I covered a lot, and was very happy with what I saw. I thought the narrow laneways were much better than in Valletta. The Houses were looked after better, had really nice covered balconies, some with wrought iron and flowers, it was really pretty.
    The lane-ways are narrow, and some the Horse & Carriages go along these, so if you hear a bell being rung, you will know to move out of the way.

    I thought this was interesting information on the streets in Mdina.
    If you take note when you are there, you will find there are two types of streets, straight and curved. The curved streets were built during the time of the Arabs as a form of defense. Going up these narrow curved streets, one cannot gauge how long they are or, who is waiting at the other end.

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    MDINA GLASSWARE

    by balhannah Written Sep 4, 2012
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    Mdina Glassware has a shop in Mdina. If you are an artist, like the unusual, bright colours, something very different, then have a look in this shop.
    Just be careful you don't break anything, as it is considered sold!

    I loved this glassware. Whats in the shop is all hand-made by specialist craftsmen

    The range of what you can buy is incredible!
    This is some that I know is available......Vases, Lampshades, Dinner sets, Glass tiles, Serving, Bowls Plates, Pictures & Scenes, Decorative Plates, Candle Holders, Mirrors, Perfume Bottles.....
    the list goes on.

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    VILHENA PALACE [NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM]

    by balhannah Written Sep 4, 2012
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    Our next stop in Mdina was at Vilhena Palace. To enter the Palace courtyard, we had to pass through some beautiful gates. This large baroque Magisterial Palace was built by Grand Master Vilhena in 1724 and converted into a hospital during the British rule. Vilhena Palace was designed in the 18th century by a French architect, and the courtyard is done in french styling too!

    It now houses the natural history museum which has exhibits of rocks and minerals, a collection of Maltese flora and fauna, as well as local and exotic shells and insects and marine ecosystems.

    OPEN......Monday to Sunday: 9 - 5PM
    Last admission: 4.30PM
    Closed: 24, 25 & 31 December, 1 January, Good Friday

    ADMISSION.....Adults (18 - 59 years): €5.00
    Children (6 -11 years): €2.50
    Infants (1 -5 years): Free

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    MDINA DUNGEONS

    by balhannah Written Sep 4, 2012

    No sooner had we entered the old city of Mdina, when we saw the "stocks" advertising the Dungeons. We decided to give them a miss because of time constraints, we did have fun with the stocks though!

    The Dungeon is advertised as "Malta’s only dark walk attraction," where you never know what you will find! It sounded rather creepy!

    If you want to know more, you had better check out the website for the details.

    OPEN EVERY DAY FROM....10.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. (last admissions 4.15 p.m.)
    ADMISSION ...Adults 4 euros

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    MDINA MAIN CITY GATE

    by balhannah Written Sep 4, 2012
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    The way we entered the city of Mdina, was by crossing the Moat, and passing through the Mdina city gate. In 1724, the gates were commissioned by the Grand Master de Vilhena, the leader of the Order of the Knights of Saint John at the time.

    When a new Grand Master was elected, he would walk from Valletta to the gates of Mdina. He was greeted there by the head of the Universita who would present him with the solid silver keys to the city gates. The newly elected Grand master would swear to "observe the privileges, franchises and usages of the city of Mdina".

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    Walking around

    by kris-t Written May 5, 2012

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    Today no cars (other than those of a limited number of residents) are allowed in Mdina and there is a calming atmosphere as one walks along its narrow streets and ways.

    The town displays an unusual mix of Norman and Baroque architecture, including several Palaces, most of which serve as private homes.

    The Cathedral is worth visiting and is fronted by a large square, the only open space within this tiny city.

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    Mdina Cathedral

    by kris-t Updated May 5, 2012

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    The Cathedral of St. Paul was built from 1697 to 1702 to replace a Norman cathedral that had been destroyed by earthquake in 1693.

    Its impressive facade amazes visitors as they emerge from Mdina’s narrow streets.

    The cathedral's magnificent dome dominates the skyline.

    The dome's interior has been decorated by a succession of painters. Present-day decoration dates from the 1950s.

    The cathedral's museum has a collection of coins, silver plates, religious vestments and even some woodcuts by Albert Dürer.

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    St Paul's Cathedral

    by slothtraveller Written Apr 3, 2012

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    Exterior of St Paul's Cathedral, Mdina

    Mdina's impressive cathedral, St Paul's, is one of the standout buildings in the city. This present cathedral was designed by Lorenzo Gafa to replace the previous one which was destroyed by the devastating 1693 Sicily earthquake which claimed the lives of two thirds of the population of the Sicilian city of Catania and caused the collapse of many buildings in this part of the Mediterranean Sea.
    Gafa's cathedral, built in Baroque style, was completed in 1702. The cathedral interior is also very interesting with an ornate tesselated floor and some beautiful frescoes.

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    Views over Malta from Mdina

    by slothtraveller Written Apr 3, 2012
    A sunbaked view from Mdina's walls

    Mdina's hilltop location makes it an ideal place to take in great views of the island. From locations around the walls and bastions, you can literally see for miles around on a clear day. On the photo attached to this link, you can see the view from Mdina towards Malta's National Stadium at Ta'Qali. The football complex at Ta'Qali stages domestic football matches as well as matches featuring the Maltese national team.

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    The Main Gate

    by slothtraveller Written Apr 3, 2012
    The Main Gate of Mdina

    This extravagant entrance to Mdina was built in 1724 to the design of Charles Francois de Mondion. It features two lion statues as well as statues of the Maltese saints, Paul, Publius and Agatha.
    Horse drawn carriages often linger around the area just inside the gate offering to take customers on a trip around the city. I found the Main Gate a fine entrance to this fascinating walled city.

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    Knights of Malta

    by slothtraveller Written Apr 3, 2012
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    An alternative to the 'Malta Experience' in Valletta, this audiovisual presentation and tour of a former ammunitions store gives a good insight into the history of Malta and how this was shaped by the successes of the Knights of Malta and Knights Templar.
    A visit to the Knights of Malta starts with an audiovisual show which I didn't find greatly interesting as the quality of the film wasn't good. Much better is the tour of the building which houses 3D waxworks that depict various scenes relating to the Order. I have to say that I learned quite a bit on the tour and found the building very atmospheric (if kind of creepy!).
    Entrance for adults costs 5.25 Euros and you get issued with a pair of headphones that you hand back when you leave.

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    Walk around the town

    by Turska Written Jun 19, 2011
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    Keep your eyes open while walking around Mdina. There are lot´s of nice things to see, if you just notice them. Little things like knockers at doors, the doors themselves, statues up at the roofs and of course the Maltese balconys!
    And the walking costs nothing! I think there are also guided tours, but we prefer to walk alone.

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