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St Paul’s Cathedral

Built upon layer after layer of fascinating history, this is a splendid place of worship in an atmospheric ancient city. 

Step into the lavish interior of St. Paul’s Cathedral, an important stop on any walking tour of enchanting Mdina. Often simply known as Mdina Cathedral, St. Paul's has a striped octagonal dome that stands out above the skyline.

Walk through the narrow surrounding streets and gaze upon the cathedral’s elegant traditional façade. Surrounded by charming alleys, a neighboring square and gardens, the cathedral has a lovely exterior. However, the real magic happens inside. The cathedral’s interior is remarkably ornate, with beautiful details wherever you turn. Every square inch is decorated with intricate masonry, gold, marble or delicate illustrations. Note flashes of crimson fabric around the arches. Walking through the cathedral, look for tombstones decorated with the emblems of the most important clergy among the colorful tessellated marble tiles on the floor.

The historical value of St. Paul’s Cathedral is quite astonishing. According to legend, the local governor Publius received St. Paul when the saint was shipwrecked on the eastern Maltese coast. Publius was converted to Christianity by St. Paul in his home, which was on this site.

The current church was built in the 17th century to replace previous structures, under the instruction of architect Lorenzo Gafa. Its construction was a big event for Mdina, with several small streets being demolished to make room for the cathedral. Small details from the older church survive in the newer one: frescoes, the door to the vestry and the baptismal font. The door in particular holds many memories of Mdina, being made of wood about 900 years old.

Look up to see stunning frescoes and artworks all around the walls of the cathedral, including the ceiling panels. The huge painting behind the altar, depicting St. Paul’s conversion, is by renowned artist Mattia Preti who decorated many of Malta’s loveliest cathedrals. Preti also created the artwork in the dome, commemorating St. Paul’s shipwreck.

St. Paul’s Cathedral is located close to two other gems of Mdina, the Archbishop’s Palace and the Cathedral Museum. Pick up a combined ticket to visit the cathedral and its museum together.


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The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux £189
The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux

The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux

Misrah il-kunsill, Mdina, Malta
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in the historical district, this luxury hotel is steps away from Mdina Dungeons and St. Paul's Cathedral. Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum and Palazzo de Piro are also within 5 minutes.

    Maleth Inn Guest House £71
    Maleth Inn Guest House

    Maleth Inn Guest House

    15, Museum House, Triq tal-Muzew, Rabat, Malta
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in the historical district, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Mdina Dungeons and St. Paul's Cathedral. Domus Romana and Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum are also within 5 minutes.

      Casa Azzopardi £113
      Casa Azzopardi

      Casa Azzopardi

      75 Triq San Pawl, Rabat
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in the historical district, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Domus Romana and Catacombs of St. Paul and St. Agatha's Crypt. Mdina Old City Gate and St. Paul's Cathedral are also within 10 minutes.

        Quaint Boutique Hotel Rabat
        Quaint Boutique Hotel Rabat

        Quaint Boutique Hotel Rabat

        Triq ir-Repubblika, Rabat
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Rabat, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mediterranean Sea and St. Paul's Cathedral. Catacombs of St. Paul and St. Agatha's Crypt and Collegiate Church of St. Paul's Shipwreck are also within 5 minutes.

          MyTravel House £65
          MyTravel House

          MyTravel House

          31 S. Martin, Rabat, Rabat-Sale-Kenitra
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Rabat, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Domus Romana and St. Paul's Cathedral. Catacombs of St. Paul and St. Agatha's Crypt and Collegiate Church of St. Paul's Shipwreck are also within 5 minutes.

            MYN in Rabat £90
            MYN in Rabat

            MYN in Rabat

            Arcadia Bir 1-Iljun street, Rabat
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Rabat, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Mediterranean Sea and St. Paul's Cathedral. Catacombs of St. Paul and St. Agatha's Crypt and Collegiate Church of St. Paul's Shipwreck are also within 5 minutes.

              Estrella Lodging
              Estrella Lodging

              Estrella Lodging

              5, Estrella, Triq K.G. Gatt, Rabat
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Rabat, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Catacombs of St. Paul and St. Agatha's Crypt and St. Paul's Cathedral. Mnajdra Megalithic Temples and Hagar Qim are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Julina Boutique Living £120
                Julina Boutique Living

                Julina Boutique Living

                168, Triq il-Kbira, Mosta
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Mosta, this property is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Church of the Assumption of Our Lady, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Catacombs of St. Paul and St. Agatha's Crypt and Golden Sands Beach. Mediterranean Conference Centre and Mnajdra Megalithic Temples are also within 9 mi (15 km).