Mdina Malta photos shows a glimpse of a few locations. They will inspire you to visit...
Mdina a timeless beauty, the old medieval capital city with narrow streets and surrounded with fortifications built originally in the late 13th century.
It was also known with the Italian name of Citta' Vecchia. The Maltese calling Mdina, a medieval city with narrow streets and surrounded with fortifications built originally in the late 13th century.
The name Mdina is very similar in various languages, Roman occupation (Melita), to ancient Greek (Melitte), Phoenician, Arabic (Madinah)and in Italian (Medina). This shows us that the location was well habitable for a long time due to being at the top of a hill from where one could see most of the island and surrounded with fortifications to withstand a siege.
When in 1530 the Knights of St. John arrived in Malta they established themselves in the port area at the Cottonera side since they had come over with their fleet anchored within the Grand harbour. So they had to live there as they had to guard their fleet. Later on the new capital city Valletta was built in 1565 so Mdina became known as the old capital. Today Mdina has 300 inhabitants.
Photos & Descriptions
The Metropolitan Roman Catholic Cathedral of Saint Paul built in 1702 designed in the baroque style by Maltese architect Lorenzo Gafa'. He was involved in the designs of Malta important churches in Malta. It was rebuilt after a strong earthquake in Sicily during the year 1693 which made a lot of damage in Malta.
The Mdina moat area in front of the fortifications between Greeks gate and the Main gate has been restored making the area more attractive and shows the beauty of the fortifications. They are now accessible to the public with lawns and trees permitting the public to walk around. It is a must to walk around as one won't regret it.
Behind the main entrance gate there is a souvenir shop and the Mdina glass shop with very popular handmade glass ornaments. Besides them there is the Torre dello standards now being the Tourist Information office. On the right side the Grand Masters Vilhena's palace now housing the National Museum of Natural History and the Mdina Dungeons Museum.
It is a well know spot where many tourists come to this spot to see the view of Malta. Even for the Maltese it is the place where we love to come and visit regularly. People linger here, you can notice Maltese who come here often to take a breath from the fresh breeze especially during the hot summer months.
This is the biggest square you find in Mdina just in front of the cathedral. It is surrounded by magnificent houses and palaces where once lived Malta's and foreign noble families. Some were descendants of the Norman, Sicilian and Spanish rulers. There are some good photo opportunities not only here but all around the old capital.
Many tourists choose to rent and take a ride with a horse drawn carriage. In Maltese it is called a Karozzin which in itself is fun but which takes you back in time around the old city. The driver stops at some locations to take photos and highlights some main points about the area. Narrow streets and small squares, beautiful and different doorways many pleasant details to observe.
Bastion square is just adjacent to the panoramic view over the bastions. Many people pass from here to admire it. It is a pretty square ideal to rest on benches or sit down on the high stone steps parallel to the bastions. It is a linking square walking away from the Cathedral to the Carmelite convent and the Normal house. Then from the square you proceed to the popular tea house Fontanella Tea Garden and on to the cathedral square again.
In winter the view of Mdina from Ta' Qali crafts village. The fields are at their best due to the rainy season. Mdina stands at the top of the hill from as far back as 1000BC when the Phoenicians built a protective wall.
The square in front of the cathedral on the right side just showing part of the main façade corner, the biggest square where one stops to admire and take photos surrounded by old large houses.
Another view of Mdina from the main road approaching Rabat and Mdina. The Cathedral dominates the city's landscape and is visible from far not least the imposing bastions showing incredible views. By time houses and palaces were built behind the fortifications and even windows were opened within the walls to capture the beauty of the view.