A Glimpse Into The Silent City of Mdina

Mdina. The ancient capital of Malta.

Mdina

Sometimes referred to as The Silent City.

Mdina

Mdina is a stunning example of an old fortified city dating back to before 4000 BC. Situated in the centre of Malta, perched high off the ground with views over the rest of the country all the way out to sea, making it the obvious place to situate your capital city. It dominates the surrounding landscape and can be seen from quite a distance when it is all lit up and glowing in the evening.

Mdina views

Mdina views

Mdina views

No wonder it was a desirable place to rule from. As such, it has seen the likes of The Knights of St John, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, and Norman rule and seen attacks from the Ottomans, Saracens and even briefly the French. This ever changing rule shows in the architecture throughout the city though predominantly medieval and baroque.

This small city is known as the Silent City as cars are not allowed within the confines of the walls for anyone other than the residents. Not a traffic light in site. Marvellous!

As soon as you enter through the city gates you’ll be captured by the small narrow lanes, the limestone houses offering a warm glow in the sun, the pretty little doors and balconies. It is like stepping back in time.

Mdina streets

Mdina streets

Mdina streets

Mdina streets

Mdina streets

Although Mdina is a relatively small city  you could spend hours wandering these streets, getting lost in the beauty and taking in the silence.

This is the perfect place to disconnect from reality, to remove yourself from the modern day entrapments.

It is an absolute pleasure to escape for a few hours.

Mdina streets

Mdina streets

The beauty is enough to get lost in. And certainly enough to make you want to move in!

Mdina streets

Mdina streets

Wherever you turn there is something else to make you go ‘Oooh! So pretty!’

Mdina streets

Mdina streets

Mdina oozes history out of every nook and cranny.

It is filled with palaces, churches, museums, a theatre, chapels, a dungeon and the most incredible medieval architecture.

It would be hard for anyone not to fall in love with this place.

Mdina streets

Mdina streets

Mdina streets

Mdina streets

There are some fantastic places for lunch. One place that is most well known amongst tourists is the Fontanella Tea Garden due to it’s stunning views over Malta.

Mdina view

Mdina view

Mdina view

If you want lunch with a view. This is certainly the place to go.

I’ve got to say, there is much better food in the city, but the views are unbeatable and definitely worth sitting down to enjoy with a drink in hand. A cold glass of wine on a hot day is the perfect accompaniment. And maybe indulge in a slice of cake. They have quite an extensive menu on the cake front!

When you’re done relaxing there is plenty more to see as you walk around!

Mdina view

mdina architecture

mdina architecture

The main square houses St Paul’s Cathedral, a number of Palazzo’s and not far from here is the Dungeons, for those looking for a little more entertainment!

mdina architecture

mdina architecture

Mdina is an absolute must see if you visit Malta. This UNESCO site is unrivalled for those lovers of history out there!

mdina

mdina

Even the horses smile here!

mdina

Don’t you just want to go escape to Mdina?

 

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