Metropolitan Cathedral, Mdina

4.4
#2 of 16 in Things to do in Mdina
Admire the red-and-white striped dome, decorated ceilings, and walls adorned with sculptures and religious artifacts inside Metropolitan Cathedral. Designed by architect Lorenzo Gafa, the Baroque cathedral was built from 1697 to 1702 to replace a ruined Norman cathedral destroyed by the 1693 earthquake. Enter the church and notice the graves on the floor ingrained with colored marble. You can visit a museum attached to the church building. View some of the surviving artifacts like a painting by Mattia Preti, depicting the conversion of St. Paul, and a 15th-century Tuscan painting of the Madonna and Child. Be sure to cover your shoulders prior to entering the cathedral (as is the custom) and check the hours the cathedral is open to visitors before visiting. Our Mdina trip itinerary app makes visiting Metropolitan Cathedral and other Mdina attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
Create an itinerary including Metropolitan Cathedral
map
Metropolitan Cathedral Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
1,133 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • One of the main sights of Mdina. Located on the central square of the city. It is very beautiful both outside and inside. Is the current Cathedral. Interesting to watch at the Cathedral of St. Paul. Two clock face created for time and date. On the tour we were told legend: these watches were created to confuse the devil and prevent in the Cathedral. This place is worth a visit
    View original
  • Early 18th century baroque cathedral on a much older site. Very good ceiling frescoes. Joint admission price with adjacent museum.  more »
  • A blast from the past. Pounce somewhere and feel immersed in a fairy tale. Remain open-mouthed and not find the words to describe what you feel, the beauty that you admire.
    View original
Places to stay near Metropolitan Cathedral

Plan your trip to Mdina

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Metropolitan Cathedral by other users

8 days in Malta BY A USER FROM POLAND June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Malta BY A USER FROM CANADA July, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Island of Malta BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: October, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Malta BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 31 days in Sliema BY A USER FROM RUSSIA June, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: June, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Malta BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 31 days in Malta BY A USER FROM CANADA September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Island of Malta BY A USER FROM MALTA June, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: June, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 10 days in Malta BY A USER FROM POLAND July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Island of Malta BY A USER FROM LITHUANIA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Valletta BY A USER FROM ESTONIA July, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Island of Malta & Athens BY A USER FROM MALTA September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans