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St Peters and Pauls Cathedral

Online since: 09. April 2013

St Peters and Pauls Cathedral in Mdina on Malta

The most beautiful and magnificent building in Mdina is St Paul’s Cathedral, on Pjazza San Pawl (St Paul’s place). Inside and out, the church is decorated with a great number of ornaments. The side facing the Pjazza consists of two stunning bell towers, a gabled roof and a Corinthian column order.


An earthquake in 1693 caused severe damage in Malta and destroyed the Norman cathedral built in the 12th century in Mdina. The present cathedral was built as a replacement by the Maltese architect Lorenzo Gafà, in 1702. Above the main gate, you can still see the coat of arms of the rulers at that time: Bishop Palmieri and Grand Master Ramon Perellos.

In the church

The interior of the church is decorated with elaborate designs and ornaments. You will see many paintings, as well as frescoes on the walls and ceiling, many of which were created by Mattia Preti in the 17th century. The cathedral is very impressive and definitively worth a visit.

Note: It is prohibited to take pictures inside the cathedral.

S. Wagner

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Region: Mdina
Category: Church

Location on the map in Malta

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