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The entrance to Mdina, the Silent City.

The entrance to Mdina, the Silent City.

Mdina, also known as the “Silent City” or Citta Vecchia was the former capital of Malta until the year 1530. It is a medieval walled city that was fortified by the Phoenicians around 700 BC. It has a population of about 300. It is annexed to the town of Rabat which has about 11,000 population. The name Rabat means suburb in Arabic.

When Malta was still under the rule of the Roman Empire, the Roman Governor built his palace in Mdina. The city dates all the way back to 4000 BC. I think it’s quite fascinating that nothing much has changed within the walls, save for automobiles.

The Knights of St John – Their presence in Malta was strong. One of their legacies is the 8 pointed Maltese Cross which denotes the eight obligations of the Knights. They were the defenders of Malta from the walled enclave of Mdina and there is a museum dedicated to them in Valletta that is worthy of a visit.

The population in Mdina itself is only about three hundred.  The streets are really narrow, and save for the residents, no outside automobiles are allowed inside it’s walls. Permission of course, is given for wedding cars or funerals etc. It is more common to find tourists on horse drawn carriages on the very narrow streets. Sometimes, when it’s less crowded,  the klippity klop of the horses’ hooves against the cobble stones is quite romantic.  In the summer time, it does get quite busy, and is definitely NOT silent, but it is a must see in Malta for any one who visits.

Close up of the lions that guard the entrance.

Close up of the lions that guard the entrance to Mdina.

 

entrance to Mdina the silent city

Flag flying high..Look how narrow the path is and you see why no outside cars are allowed.

Mdina the silent city and GOT connection:

For any “Game of Thrones” fans, the first season was filmed within these walls. It was King’s Landing, site of the Iron Throne and Red Keep.  and the outside scenes filmed on the sister island of Gozo at the Azure Window. Filming was also done in Ireland. I hope you get the feeling of how peaceful it is from these images. There are lots of restaurants and cafes from where you can get  marvelous views of Malta. I highly recommend Mdina for history and unique beauty.

curved cobblestone street of Mdina malta

What strikes you is the quiet most of all when there’s no one about. Mdina is certainly one of the best things to see in Malta

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Maltese window in Mdina

Abandoned Maltese house window.. Malta has this window style that is unique to the island.

 

mdina malta windows red color

and then of course some really beautiful Maltese windows in the silent city Mdina.


mdina malta souvenir shop with iron knights in front

You can shop for souvenirs like jewelry or glass blown objects within the walls of the silent city Mdina..

 

Mdina, narrow street and Maltese window in malta

Narrow street in the silent city of Mdina Malta. Few full time residents of the small walled city makes it really quiet at off-peak times.

 

mdina malta ancient lamp hanging brass

Mdina has so many unique and beautiful old things, such as this hanging lamp

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mdina fontanella gardens sign

The Fontanella Gardens is one the best places to eat in Mdina, a great place to drinks and scrumptious desserts and it has great views of Malta.

 

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Mdina, the old capital of Malta. One of the many narrow streets of the ancient city.

 

statue of Madonna and child in mdina malta

Malta is a very religious country. Over 300 churches in the tiny country..lots of statues of Madonna and child, like this one in the silent city Mdina.

 

red phone booth in mdina malta with woman

My lovely MIL. Yes, we still have the red phone booths!

 

st pauls cathedral mdina

St. Paul’s Cathedral in Mdina the silent city. For such a small place, there are several churches.

St. Paul’s Cathedral is supposedly built on the very spot that the then Governor Publium met with St. Paul after he got shipwrecked in the Maltese coast. The original church that stood there had fallen into ruins during the Muslim rule and was rededicated to St. Paul after the Norman conquest. It is a great example of a Baroque style cathedral.  The church was rebuilt after a huge disastrous earthquake in 1693. They did a good job, and it was based on the works of a Maltese architect, Lorenzo Gafa. Of course like other cathedrals, it has been enlarged and redone several times, but this is how it looks now.

The buildings have a lot of character..

The buildings in Mdina have a lot of character..

 

red door in mdina with mother and child

It’s really fun checking out the really quaint and very different kinds of door knobs and knockers in the houses in Mdina the silent city. Our little guest was fascinated with them.

 

The newly redone play area outside of the walls of Mdina.

The newly redone play area outside of the walls of Mdina. Mdina is a must visit in Malta for sure. The sunsets are pretty spectacular, as are the views.

 

mdina walls

Historic walled city of Mdina, Malta. I wouldn’t mind staying here for at least one night within the walls, but there are no hotels that l know of.

 

carriage in mdina malta

How about a romantic ride through the city of Mdina? Imagine that this carriage just about fits on the narrow roads..

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A visit to Mdina is a must for any visitor to Malta. It really is a look into the past! On those rare days that there are not too many visitors, it is delightful. Tip: If you go on the weekday, it’s much better, you get a chance for a great experience. It is way too popular on the weekends as a hangout after church to have a meal, listen to some of the performers and just people watch. Mdina a must see in Malta.

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Are you a big Game of Thrones fan? If yes, have you visited any of the filming locations? Malta is a wonderful place to get glimpses of the GOT life. Does it look inviting to you?