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Museum of Natural History
©2012 By Tomasz Dziubinski

Museum of Natural History

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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Dan the man24-Nov-2012 15:36
Thank you for sharing such beauty of architechture...
waterfalls man24-Nov-2012 12:44
Beautiful Shot & Comp. V!!
John G Reed24-Nov-2012 02:19
Nice comp. best. J.
Tom Munson24-Nov-2012 01:23
Beautiful image!~
fotabug24-Nov-2012 00:40
Wow, amazing IQ! Such great detail and excellent colors. V How do you rate the D800 in comparision with the D3s?
Santi Bravo Figueras23-Nov-2012 17:38
Superb quality!
Josée V.23-Nov-2012 14:47
Gorgeous details ! V
zyziza23-Nov-2012 12:31
Perfect, classic compo, interesting place! V
CM Kwan23-Nov-2012 12:06
The shadow makes this picture amazing! V
Graeme23-Nov-2012 10:53
Great capture of this museum courtyard, Tomasz. So many nice sharp details.BV
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