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St. Pauls Cathedral
©2012 By Tomasz Dziubinski

St. Paul's Cathedral

Mdina, Malta

Mdina is a UNESCO World Heritage site (Tentative List)

Mdina, Città Vecchia, or Città Notabile, (English: Notabile, or Imdina; Phoenician: מֶלִיטָה, Melitta) is the old capital of Malta. Mdina is a medieval walled town situated on a hill in the centre of the island. Punic remains uncovered beyond the city’s walls suggest the importance of the general region to Malta’s Phoenician settlers. Mdina is commonly called the "Silent City" by natives and visitors. The town is still confined within its walls, and has a population of just over three hundred, but it is contiguous with the village of Rabat, which takes its name from the Arabic word for suburb, and has a population of over 11,000.

St. Paul's Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral in the city of Mdina, in Malta. It is built on the site where governor Publius was reported to have met Saint Paul following his shipwreck off the Maltese coast.

According to tradition, the first Cathedral of Malta was dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, Mother of God but, having fallen into ruin during the Muslim period, it was rebuilt following the Norman conquest and re-dedicated to St Paul. The old church was modified and enlarged several times.

The building we can see today was designed by the architect Lorenzo Gafa in Baroque style, it was built between 1697 and 1702 to replace a ruined Norman cathedral destroyed by the 1693 earthquake on Malta. Despite this, several artifacts and edifices survived including the painting by the Calabrian artist Mattia Preti depicting the conversion of Saint Paul, a 15th-century Tuscan painting of the Madonna and Child, and frescoes in the apse which illustrate Paul's shipwreck.

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Nikon D800 ,Nikkor AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
1/20s f/5.6 at 24.0mm iso3200 full exif

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woody3424-Nov-2012 01:45
An awesome interior ,captured perfectly..V
Fred Parsons21-Nov-2012 06:32
And our photo group I helped start in Sedona is called the the ISO 100 because they, not me, always shoot at ISO 100. Thanks for the great contradiction Also great job at 1/20th
Tom Munson21-Nov-2012 01:41
Awesome image of this wonderful setting.
Helen Betts21-Nov-2012 00:34
What a creative interior capture. I agree with another person who commented, almost like a painting. V.
fotabug20-Nov-2012 21:45
This is a beautiful image
J. Scott Coile20-Nov-2012 20:45
Nestor20-Nov-2012 17:34
Love the great straight on composition, and the perspective present for the eyes to absorb.
Great exposure and a very beautiful Cathedral .
Josée V.20-Nov-2012 14:47
Very interesting ... between painting and photography... V
Earl Misanchuk20-Nov-2012 14:25
Spectacular. V
Jim Coffman20-Nov-2012 14:22
Very well done!!
gary rouleau20-Nov-2012 13:17
Wow is the word! v
Michal Leszczynski20-Nov-2012 12:22
Beautiful and colorful interior, interesting photo of this interior, Tomasz, V
Graeme20-Nov-2012 12:11
Magnificent cathedral interior, Tomasz.BV
Mildred Alpern20-Nov-2012 11:30
Magnificent image, such splendor
John G Reed20-Nov-2012 11:11
Wow. Best. J
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