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Mdina St Pawl Cathedral

  • Address
    2 Triq San Pawl, L-Imdina, Malta
  • Web
  • Visiting Hours
    Monday to Saturday from 9:30 to 16:30, Sunday closed
  • What to see
    Baroque Cathedral


The cathedral of Mdina, according to legend, stands on the site where the Roman Governor Publius received the Apostle Paul during his evangelization of Malta. Although the first church dedicated to the Virgin Mary was destroyed during the Arab invasion of the 9th century, the present cathedral, built towards the end of the 17th century by the Maltese architect Lorenzo Gafà, is considered a masterpiece. Its Baroque design incorporates surviving elements, such as the medieval choir and sacristy. Mdina Cathedral, with frescoes and art by prominent artists, unfolds a rich history that is intertwined with the narrative of the Maltese Way.

The cathedral, built in the shape of a Latin cross, is a central landmark on the route of the Maltese Way, highlighting the historical connection to the order of the Knights of St. John and the cultural relevance of Mdina. In addition to its impressive architecture and artistic value, the cathedral serves as an iconic starting point for pilgrims, marking the beginning of a journey that delves into Malta’s rich religious and cultural heritage.

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