Travelling in Malta - Mdina

Malta has a very interesting history and the powers that have ruled this island include the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Fatimids, Sicilians, Knights of St. John, the French and the British and finally gaining their independence in 1964.

I loved walking through the old capital, Mdina - often called the ‘silent city’ but that which remains has incredible stories to tell, I’m sure. The current Mdina is smaller than when the Phoencians first lived there around 800 BC - 1000 BC. Its current size was formed probably during the Byzantine or Arab rule of the island and it was during this time that the city was refered to as the medina and Mdina got its name.  When the islands fell back under Christian rule in the mid 1200’s, Mdina was the capital of the island.

In 1693, a large earthquake devastated the island and much of the Mdina was destroyed. Much of what stands today was rebuilt after that quake.

Here is a photo taken looking across the moat (filled with citrus trees) surrounding the walls of Mdina with the footbridge to the entrance in the background. 

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The grand entrance to Mdina.

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Just inside the entrance to Mdina.

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Mdina has many narrow streets - each one so picturesque in its own way. I loved walking here.

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The doors in Malta, including those in Mdina, are often painted in bright colours.

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It was early to mid-morning when I was walking around so many of the shops and restaurants had not yet opened for business including this patio at Xara Palace, Malta’s most exclusive boutique hotel. http://www.xarapalace.com.mt/xarapalace/home.aspx 

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Across the patio from Xara Palace. I loved the view of this balcony.

Mdina_Malta_IMG_1020_1.jpgInside of St Paul’s Cathedral in Mdina

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The view from inside the walled Mdina to the north of Malta.

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