Mdina-The Silent City
Malta - mdina flagThe ancient capital of scotland- Mdina in Malta is situated in the middle of the area and it is an amazing place to visit. The town extends back over 3000 many was the initial capital of Malta until 1568, if the Knights of St. John built Valletta after the Great Siege of 1565.
Mdina - Strolling around the city is like going for a take a step back over time. It's mediaeval character really involves life within it's fortifications, narrow alleyways, palaces and churches and gives the town an almost mystical atmosphere. It seems like like nothing here has evolved in centuries that is probably why it's really a very popular tourist destination.
Entrance towards the city is through it's magnificent gateway which was built-in 1724 by Grand Master De Vilhena. Within the city there are lots of attractions worth noting however the first thing to do here is to wander around it's narrow streets and alleyways and acquire an actual feel of the this amazing city is about.
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mdina toursMdina has some very notable attractions within it's walls. One that one thinks of is the St. Paul's Cathedral. The cathedral was built following a terrible earthquake in 1693. Like all Maltese cathedrals this too is an impressive structure. The cathedral's floor is inlaid with detailed marble gravestones which are part of a few of the Maltese aristocracy along with a stunning wallpainting depicting the shipwreck of St. Paul on Malta. Aslo make sure to view the adjoining cathedral museum, this houses the archive from the inquisition in Malta, which unfortunetly isn't on public display.
Just about the most impressive buildings in Mdina may be the Palazzo Falson also called the Norman House, that was built around 1495 by the Argonese Vice-Admiral Falson. Many items displayed throughout the house date back generations, including 17th century paintings by Mattia Preti, Maltese, Continental and British silver, an imposing armoury containing swords, pistols, guns and polearms, a collection of jewellery from various periods and complicated oriental rugs.
The town also houses a Museum of Natural History in the former Magisterial Palace that has been integrated 1730 and also the Mdina Dungeons located underneath the palace with secret underground passages, chambers and cells. While strolling around Mdina make sure you look at the newly restored gardens around the city and the view in the bastions, where you will receive a birds eye view of the island.