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Mdina Old Gate

  • Address
    VCM3+V9W, Mdina, Malta
  • Web
  • Visiting Hours
    Always open
  • What to see
    Statues of St Agahta, St Paul and St Publius

The Main Gate of Mdina, also known as the Mdina Gate, is a prominent point of interest on the Maltese Way, dating back to Phoenician times around 700 B.C. Initially called Maleth and later Melite during Roman rule, Mdina underwent transformations under different rulers. The main entrance, rebuilt by Grand Master Vilhena in the 17th century, is adorned by religious figures such as St. Paul, St. Publius and St. Agatha, reflecting Malta’s rich cultural and religious history. The ancient Mastra Tower, which stood near the entrance, was replaced by the Torre dello Standardo.

Mdina boasts not only its Main Gate, but also the Greek Gate, a medieval remnant, and the Għarreqin Gate, created in the 19th century to provide direct access to the train station. The latter, also known as the ‘hole in the wall’, is a literal excavation through the city walls, with a ramp leading down to the station. These gates not only bear witness to the architectural evolution of Mdina, but also offer pilgrims on the Maltese Way a fascinating journey through the centuries, connecting ancient history with contemporary Malta.

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