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Tucked away on the island of Malta is the fortified city of Mdina. With a population under 300 people, this charming city has been around for almost 4,000 years and is the center of Malta’s nobility. Nicknamed the “silent city” due to the lack of cars (only a handful of individuals are allowed them) and lamp-lit streets, the city is a well-preserved slice of paradise on the island of Malta.
Mdina is a mixture of government buildings, impressive palaces, and bold religious structures. The city is on the short list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is an important historical and cultural center of Malta. We reached Mdina right before sunset which created a gorgeous golden reflection on the old city buildings.
Legend states that when Paul the Apostle was shipwrecked on the island of Malta in 60 A.D., he lived in Mdina. The main cathedral of the city is named “St. Paul’s Cathedral” in honor of him. Although the original cathedral was destroyed in an earthquake, it was subsequently rebuilt.
These fortified side streets were absolutely gorgeous! Because I visited Malta in January (lowest of low season), the city of Mdina was completely empty! Every time I turned a corner, I probably snapped at least 10-20 pictures. Mdina was incredibly photogenic!