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Metropolitan Cathedral, Mdina
(4.3/5 based on 800 reviews on the web)
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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  • During our excursion to Mdina and Rabat, we walked into this beautiful Cathedral. At the bottom there was the shroud of Turin, housed in the Cathedral.
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  • The Church is located in the main square of this beautiful old town is more interesting with the double Bell Tower on either side the inside nothing outstanding
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  • ... and it is strange because (leaving aside S. Juan de Valletta which is almost more Museum than Church) is the most monumental of Malta which is not exactly a country poor in monumental churches. They say that here the same St. Paul preached, but the present Church is Baroque built tars the destruction of the former Cathedral in an earthquake at the end of the 17TH. It has a museum with pieces of great wealth, the worst thing is that I have to pay entrance to see both the Church and the Museum
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