Mdina the ancient capital of The Maltese Archipelago is separated from its twin Rabat by ramparts and fortifications which are even today one of Mdina top attractions. Originally, Mdina and Rabat actually formed only one city, Melita. The latter has been stormed several times during its existence by the Arabs, Normans, and Spaniards. The architectural heritage of Rabat and Mdina is thus today a melting pot of cultures.
Nicknamed the “Silent City”, Mdina the ancient capital of Malta brings together 4000 years of history of the island. Its 300 inhabitants, descendants largely of the Maltese nobility, maintain with love the most beautiful palaces of the archipelago. The cleanliness of Mdina is exemplary. Visit Mdina for its calm and exceptional heritage.
Visit its alleys
Timeless, Mdina takes you through a maze of alleys. A good signage brings you cultural and historical information in front of many monuments. The quiet and pedestrian town, we always come back to admire the knockers of its doors, its high houses with rich pediments, its majestic bougainvilleas … And simply enjoy its serenity.
Visit its ramparts
Located on the central hill of Malta, the ramparts of Mdina dominate the island. The view is breathtaking on Mosta, the Mediterranean, and Valletta. On its flanks the alignments of the best Maltese vines.
St. Peter and Paul Cathedral
St. Peter and Paul Cathedral is a miniature version of St. John’s Cathedral in Valletta. Baroque style and very richly decorated, it was completed in 1702. Rebuilt after the earthquake of 1693, behind its monumental facade, you discover a masterpiece of Baroque architecture making it one of Mdina top attractions. The beauty of its floor composed of carved marble slabs houses the eternal rest of the Grand Masters of Malta. Admission is free during the services but there is a fee if you want to visit the cathedral museum.
Cathedral Museum is one of the most important museums in the Mdina is offered in a combined ticket with the cathedral. The varied collection includes paintings, engravings (on Dürer wood), Roman remains, ancient manuscripts, liturgical objects.
Visit the Palazzo De Piro
Built in the 17th century, the Palazzo de Piro is today a “multifunctional cultural center”. It hosts, in an atmosphere full of grandeur and nobility, the exhibitions and important artistic events of Malta. Rejuvenate on its extraordinary terrace overlooking the northern part of Malta.
Visit The Moat Garden
Before leaving Mdina, go down into the moat for the pleasant garden, resting with its benches and its beautiful perspective on the entrance and fortifications of the city.
Falson Palace or The Palazzo Falzon is one of the oldest palaces of the Mdina and houses a very interesting private museum made up of the Swedish philanthropist Olof Gollcher’s collection.
Church and Carmelite Priory
Church and Priory of Carmelite Baroque church of the seventeenth century combined with a charming cloister which is one of Mdina top attractions. The refectory is beautiful and the reconstituted cuisine not uninteresting. It includes a nice design cafe to rest in.