Trip Planner:   Europe  /  Malta  /  Island of Malta  /  Mdina  /  Historic Sites  /  Metropolitan Cathedral

Metropolitan Cathedral, Mdina

(850+ reviews on the web)
Church
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. Put Metropolitan Cathedral on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Mdina travel itinerary planner.
map
Create a full Mdina itinerary

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 in Mdina by other users

1 day in Mdina BY A USER FROM MALTA May, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 58 days in Europe BY A USER FROM COLOMBIA June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in Malta BY A USER FROM GREECE May, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 9 days in Malta BY A USER FROM GREECE May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Mdina BY A USER FROM MALTA May, kids, popular PREFERENCES: May, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 33 days in Malta BY A USER FROM SLOVAKIA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 1 day in Mdina BY A USER FROM BELGIUM May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Mdina BY A USER FROM MALTA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in Saint Julian's & Mdina BY A USER FROM SLOVAKIA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 35 days in Malta BY A USER FROM SLOVAKIA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 13 days in Malta BY A USER FROM SLOVAKIA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 3 days in Mdina BY A USER FROM DENMARK April, hidden gems PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • According to tradition, the site occupied by the Cathedral would coincide with that of the villa of Publius, the Roman Governor who welcomed Paul after the wreck and he converted, becoming in turn Christian martyr. The façade, with two bell towers and the two clocks, a sign the sacred and the profane (the two clocks were used to disorient the devil so that he could not calculate the moment of the last gasp of the deceased and then to capture the soul) is a precious example of formal balance. The Interior is rich in paintings and interesting enough. The Cathedral is matched with one ticket (price 5 euros) to its Museum. Honestly the Museum I visited it hastily, and apart from the woodblock prints by Durer, I couldn't say much.
    View original
  • Typical of the religious architecture of the island. Visit. Provide a local guide to appreciate even more the history of places
    View original
  • This Cathedral is a masterpiece of murals. The massive cherry marble pillars raise up within walls and roof adorned with amazing murals. The domed roof has a beautiful mural around a central blue circ...  more »