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Ding-dong! Did you know that the oldest bell in Malta dates back to the 1370s?
This bell is housed in the Mdina Cathedral Museum.

Lyndsey Grima

The Department of Information recently took to social media to share interesting images of the oldest bell in Malta, housed in the Mdina Cathedral Museum. This venerable artefact, crafted in the renowned foundries of Venice in 1370, stands as a silent witness to centuries of history.

What makes this bell truly extraordinary is its status as the lone survivor from the Medieval period. A relic of the past, it once adorned the bell tower of the Medieval Cathedral of Mdina. On the 7th of August 1645, it descended from its lofty perch to be blessed, marking a pivotal moment in its enduring journey through time.

The intricate details on the bell tell a story of craftsmanship and symbolism. Adorning its surface is an image of Saint Paul, grasping the sword of victory, a powerful representation of the island's Christian heritage.

Additionally, three shields featuring the majestic lion hint at a connection to the emblem of Saint Mark, the patron saint of Venice.

These images provide a visual feast for history enthusiasts and a reminder of Malta's rich cultural history, with the oldest bell standing tall as a timeless reminder of the island's storied past.

Have you ever visited the Mdina Cathedral Museum?

29th November 2023


Lyndsey Grima
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Lyndsey Grima
Lyndsey has always been passionate about all things content. She keeps her storytelling skills sharp by exercising physically as she’s a fitness buff and also mentally as she enjoys reading and travelling.

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