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Mdina: walking among medieval ghosts

The citadel of Mdina, ancient capital of Malta, presents two faces to the visitor. In the mornings - especially on a Friday, when the cruise liners approach Malta - its streets are packed with scores of tourists. In the evenings, however, when day-trippers have left, Mdina becomes as quiet as a ghost town; strolling around its narrow streets with the buildings of exquisite architecture is a pleasure to the eyes and an unforgettable romantic experience, as unwinding as a complete, day-long spa treatment. The visitor can't help but envy the few permanent residents of Mdina, most of whom are prominent members of the Maltese nobility.

With a few exceptions, cars are not allowed within the fortified town. Leaving the car outside and passing through its ancient Main Gate is like a passage through time.
Citadel on a hill
Citadel on a hill
t4%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f91774715.lFaWfWp8.jpg The Main Gate...
The Main Gate...
...with Grandmaster Manoel de Vilhena's arms.
...with Grandmaster Manoel de Vilhena's arms.
St Paul, St Publius and Ste Agatha together inside
St Paul, St Publius and Ste Agatha together inside
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t4%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f91774725.sUhZG3at.jpg Corte Capitanale, the former Court of Justice
Corte Capitanale, the former Court of Justice
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St Paul's Cathedral
t4%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f91807598.sLhuAVUG.jpg Who would turn his back on a wedding like this?
Who would turn his back on a wedding like this?
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Tombstones, not tiles. Maltese nobles and clergymen rest underneath.
Tombstones, not tiles. Maltese nobles and clergymen rest underneath.
t4%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f91774748.9ArVAVbf.jpg Unwinding walk in a ghost town
Unwinding walk in a ghost town
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