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Metropolitan Cathedral, Mdina

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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.
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  • It's a fine cathedral, in Malta it ranks second to Valletta in its artwork, architecture etc. Particularly fascinating are the marble floors. Look for the person(people?) who have not yet died, yet ha...  more »
  • One of the must see points in Mdina. The Cathedral is beautiful. Pay attention to the floor. It is fantastic!  more »
  • Cathedral at heart of Mdina. Was struck by the beautiful golden glow of the interior and lovely flowers inside. Certainly not dark and oppressive, the lightness of the space is just beautiful.  more »