The incredibly majestic Mdina Cathedral is situated in the heart of Mdina within the old city walls. On approaching the cathedral you will be struck by it’s highly impressive façade that looks beautiful set in Mdina’s charming old streets. The cathedral also has a magnificent dome that looks grand amongst Mdina’s skyline.
Constructed in the Norman period, for approximately 300 years, it was the only large church on Malta. The church suffered substancial damage from the earthquake in 1693 but was rebuilt by architect Lorenzo Gafa
Inside the cathedral is richly decorated with impressive tombs and buckets of historical charm. If you also get the opportunity to visit Valletta’s Cathedral of St John you will notice many similarities. There are spectacularly polished marble floors with pictures of the Knights of St John and fantastic artwork. Miraculously, some features in the cathedral survived the earthquake, including a monumental portrayal of the conversation between Mattria Preti and St Paul. A wonderful panel painting of the Madonna and Child also survived the earthquake.
Though smaller than some of the other European Cathedrals, wandering round Mdina Cathedral is a peaceful experience and will make a welcome break from the sun in the summer months. The cathedral also has a nearby museum that has a great collection of religious and historical pieces and entrance to the museum is included with the entrance price to the cathedral.