What’s In Mdina, Malta?

 

Mdina

Since the Bronze Age, Mdina has been inhabited and fortified and was the Roman center of Malta, Mdina is first citadel capital. Mdina is still populated, it exists as a living museum. Guests from South Florida Outdoor Kitchens enjoyed the tour.

 

Noble families of Malta possess ancestral homes here and its small, labyrinthine streets are charming to tour. Ideal to begin the tour at the main gate and follow Villegaignon Street up past the cathedral to Bastion Square before meandering way back. To take a glimpse of panoramic views over the island, take a stop at Bastion Square.

 

Mdina Cathedral and Museum

There are two cathedrals in the diocese of Malta. Until 1816, when the Pope made St John’s in Valletta another ( St John’s Co-cathedral) Mdina cathedral was the only one. The church of the Knights of St John — the Knights of Malta — was St John’s; The island’s own cathedral is  Mdina’s St Paul’s. After St John’s, it has the most impressive church interior and compared in Valletta where they are often protected by covers, you can witness more of the colorfully decorated marble floor tombs here.

 

St John’s Co-Cathedral

St John’s Co-Cathedral is a remarkable place of worship is up there with the most important Baroque buildings in Europe, the Knights of Malta’s main church. Designed by the military architects who constructed Valletta as the Knights’ citadel capital in the 1570s, the exterior is plain, even critical in style. The interior is opposite as it is dazzling, covered in gold, marble or paint every inch in detail. A sea of tombs in colored marble for the flooring. Check the oratory, home to Caravaggio’s largest painting, the superb Beheading of St John.

 

Valletta fortifications walk

Built by the Knights of St John, Valletta was constructed on a barren, rocky peninsula surrounded by water. Intentional to be impregnable, it was state-of-the-art military architecture. Up till this day, the fortifications are still impressive. Fort St Elmo, the only building here that foreshadow Valletta and a principal in the Great Siege, lies at the nib of the peninsula, the far end from City Gate.

 

Boat Tour at Grand Harbour

Located at the center of much of Malta’s history is the famous Grand Harbour. The Knights of St John just managed to hold off the invading Ottoman Turks, as well as the center of significant events of World War Two is the site of the Great Siege of 1565. Until the 1970s, the harbor was the residence of the British Royal Navy in the Med. Even in extreme weather, it is well worth getting out on the water, spotting the view from the Upper Barracca Gardens.