Mdina, The Silent City
Few days ago I decided to do some sightseeing in this lovely island. Malta is quite small, but I would not say I saw every worthy point of it. As Mdina is the oldest city in the island it wasn’t a question where to start my tour.
Once upon a time…
Many people don’t know, but Mdina was the old capital of Malta. It is located in the heart of island and it is a medieval walled town situated on a hill. The word „Mdina“ is coming from the Arabic word „medina“, which means „walled city“.
Now that we know where the name is coming from we can skip to the part why is it called “the Silent City”. The main reason of this silence is that it is traffic free. Cars have restricted access to the city and there is only a limited number of resident, emergency or wedding vehicles who are allowed to enter. After all, the ancient narrow streets are making the traffic almost impossible.
Mdina is a historical city, consists of palaces and other historical buildings right next to each other. Unfortunately by now most of the palaces are serving as private homes for the residents. All the buildings are connected by narrow, curving brick roads. Walking on these streets among the high historical buildings we have a feeling walking in a labyrinth.
Places of interest…
The St. Paul’s Catherdral is the most famous building of the city. It was designed by a Maltese architect, Lorenzo Gafa. In Mdina you can find a historical museum at every corner. The most interesting of them is the Natural History Museum, which houses historically important collections. Just like in Valletta the Malta Experience, Mdina also has its Mdina Experience “office”. By entering the building, you get the possibility to enjoy a journey through time and relive episodes of history.
The Medieval Mdina Festival is held every year. The annual fest this year took place on the 14th and 15th. April. It is a historical event, which turns back time and all the visitors can take a look into the lifestyle of the old capital of Malta.
In conclusion, Mdina is a beautiful city worth to see. I let the pictures speak for themselves.