Holidays in St. Paul's Cathedral

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Built upon layer after layer of fascinating history, this is a splendid place of worship in an atmospheric ancient city.

Step into the lavish interior of St. Paul’s Cathedral, an important stop on any walking tour of enchanting Mdina. Often simply known as Mdina Cathedral, St. Paul's has a striped octagonal dome that stands out above the skyline.

Walk through the narrow surrounding streets and gaze upon the cathedral’s elegant traditional façade. Surrounded by charming alleys, a neighboring square and gardens, the cathedral has a lovely exterior. However, the real magic happens inside. The cathedral’s interior is remarkably ornate, with beautiful details wherever you turn. Every square inch is decorated with intricate masonry, gold, marble or delicate illustrations. Note flashes of crimson fabric around the arches. Walking through the cathedral, look for tombstones decorated with the emblems of the most important clergy among the colorful tessellated marble tiles on the floor.

The historical value of St. Paul’s Cathedral is quite astonishing. According to legend, the local governor Publius received St. Paul when the saint was shipwrecked on the eastern Maltese coast. Publius was converted to Christianity by St. Paul in his home, which was on this site.

The current church was built in the 17th century to replace previous structures, under the instruction of architect Lorenzo Gafa. Its construction was a big event for Mdina, with several small streets being demolished to make room for the cathedral. Small details from the older church survive in the newer one: frescoes, the door to the vestry and the baptismal font. The door in particular holds many memories of Mdina, being made of wood about 900 years old.

Look up to see stunning frescoes and artworks all around the walls of the cathedral, including the ceiling panels. The huge painting behind the altar, depicting St. Paul’s conversion, is by renowned artist Mattia Preti who decorated many of Malta’s loveliest cathedrals. Preti also created the artwork in the dome, commemorating St. Paul’s shipwreck.

St. Paul’s Cathedral is located close to two other gems of Mdina, the Archbishop’s Palace and the Cathedral Museum. Pick up a combined ticket to visit the cathedral and its museum together.

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2139 Cheap Hotels Near St. Paul's Cathedral

The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux
The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux
5 out of 5
Misrah il-kunsill, Mdina, Malta
The price is AU$276 per night from 9 Dec. to 9 Dec.
Situated in the historical district, this luxury hotel is steps away from Museum of Natural History, Mdina Dungeons and St. Paul's Cathedral. Palazzo Falson ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (196 reviews)
"The hotel is in a gorgeous location. Mdina really is a magical city that should not be missed on a trip to Malta. The hotel is inside the city gates making it very special as there are not many and it only has 17 rooms giving you the feeling of having a very special experience. The common spaces ..."

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Palazzo Bifora
Palazzo Bifora
3.5 out of 5
Palazzo Bifora, Number 1,, Aragon Lane, Mdina
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is steps away from Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum, St. Paul's Cathedral and Palazzo de Piro. Museum of ...
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Maleth Inn Guest House
Maleth Inn Guest House
15, Museum House, Triq tal-Muzew, \N, Rabat, Malta
Situated in the historical district, this guesthouse is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Church of the Assumption of Our Lady, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Gnejna Bay and Blue ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (36 reviews)
"Really enjoyed our stay. The room/accommodation was amazing! It had everything you would need for a pleasant short stay. A very well equipped kitchen lots of space and due to an upgrade great views of the main Mdina gates."

Reviewed on 10 Aug. 2020

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Point de Vue
Point de Vue
1 out of 5
Saqqajja Square, Rabat, Malta
The price is AU$87 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Point de Vue
The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux
The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux
5 out of 5
Misrah il-kunsill, Mdina, Malta
The price is AU$276 per night from 9 Dec. to 9 Dec.
The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux
Palazzo Bifora
Palazzo Bifora
3.5 out of 5
Palazzo Bifora, Number 1,, Aragon Lane, Mdina
Palazzo Bifora
Maleth Inn Guest House
Maleth Inn Guest House
15, Museum House, Triq tal-Muzew, \N, Rabat, Malta
Maleth Inn Guest House
Myn Zondadari
Myn Zondadari
3 out of 5
26 Zondadari Rabat, Rabat
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"Superior Double Bedroom with Street View" @ Casa Azzopardi
"Superior Double Bedroom with Street View" @ Casa Azzopardi
The price is AU$200 per night from 3 Dec. to 3 Dec.
"Superior Double Bedroom with Street View" @ Casa Azzopardi
Casa Azzopardi
Casa Azzopardi
3 out of 5
75 Triq San Pawl, Rabat
The price is AU$130 per night from 28 Nov. to 28 Nov.
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MyTravel House
MyTravel House
3.5 out of 5
31 S. Martin, Rabat, Rabat-Sale-Kenitra
The price is AU$103 per night from 30 Nov. to 30 Nov.
MyTravel House
Maltese House of Character with a modern twist
Maltese House of Character with a modern twist
Maltese House of Character with a modern twist
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