Among its tangle of cobbled streets and splendid medieval architecture, Mdina’s pride and joy is massive St Paul’s Cathedral, designed by Maltese architect Lorenzo Gafa and completed in 1702 in an exuberant Baroque style similar to Valletta’s St John’s Co-Cathedral. The interior features a nave covered with marble tomb slabs of the rich and famous and the vaulted ceiling is covered with frescoes from St Paul’s life. The cathedral’s museum has a small but excellent collection that includes works by Rembrandt and Dürer.
To learn more about Mdina’s checkered history, head for the audio-visual Mdina Experience on Triq Villegaignon. The area immediately outside the ancient city walls is Rabat; visitor attractions to catch here include the Domus Romana for its fine Roman mosaic pavements and the catacombs of St Agatha, dating from the fourth century AD and whose tunnels are aglow with 16th-century frescoes.
Tours & Tickets
Admire Malta’s architectural treasures and watch skilled local craftspeople in action on a full-day tour of the island! With an expert guide, visit attractions ... Read more
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)
No matter when your cruise ship arrives in Malta, this is the perfect do-it-yourself shore excursion. Discover Malta’s top attractions on this City Sightseeing ... Read more
Duration: 1 day (approx.)
While you’re in port in Malta, get to know its two capitals – Mdina, the ancient one, and Valletta, the current one – on this shore excursion that will ... Read more
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
Immerse yourself in the epic fantasy land of 'Game of Thrones,' on a private tour of Malta’s filming locations, designed by the original location manager for ... Read more
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)