Mario Galea / viewingmalta
Narrow and winding, the streets of Mdina have been home to many Maltese through the ages and have witnessed battles and wars. Today, dubbed Malta’s Silent City for its peaceful surroundings, Mdina has many a tale to tell of joy, sacrifice, and the love of country – some with a spooky, unexplainable twist. Roam through these magnificent streets to discover Mdina’s mysteries.
1. Triq Inguanez
This narrow street is just off Mdina’s main road. Named after Malta’s oldest aristocratic family dating back to the 14th century, it is home to Casa Inguanez, the town house of the family. Rumour has it that the King of Spain still has the right to live in the mansion, but no royalty has visited since the early 20th century. Guess it’s ours!
2. Triq L-Imhazen (Magazine Street)
Triq L-Imhazen is named after the storehouses which were used to stockpile weapons and ammunition needed for the many battles which Mdina endured – and boy, were there many! The city needed to defend itself from successive waves of raiders, pirates and invaders gunning to take over the fortified city.
3. Triq Mesquita
This winding street is named after one of the garrison commanders, Pietro Mesquita, and is home to many prestigious 17th century buildings. This street also leads to Mesquita Square, one of the filming locations of season one of Game of Thrones.
4. Triq Santu Rokku (St Roque Street)
St Roque Street is named after (obviously) St Roque, the saint invoked in times of deadly disease, such as the plague which struck the city in the medieval period. The chapel of St Roque, also known as Our Lady of the Light was constructed in 1728, and is located right in the corner. Look out for it carefully though - it’s hidden from those who don’t seek it!
5. Sqaq ir-Re Ferdinandu (King Ferdinand Lane)
King Ferdinand Lane is just off Magazine Street and leads to the main entrance of one of Mdina’s historical houses. This street is named after the king of Naples who once owned our islands, but couldn’t really give two hoots if we survived or not! Waste of a street name if you ask me!
6. Triq is-Sur (Bastion Street)
Bastion Street is where the ever-popular Fontanella Tea Garden can be found. Take a break from roaming and treat yourself to a delicious slice of chocolate fudge cake and a hot cup of joe. This street leads right to Bastion Square, from which a magnificent and breath-taking view of the island can be seen. Take in views of Mosta’s Rotunda, Mtarfa and St. Paul’s Bay. And, if you squint hard enough, you can make out Valletta too!
7. Triq San Pawl (St Paul’s Street)
Found just to the right of the main entrance, Triq San Pawl connects the Mdina Local Council to St Paul’s Square where St Paul’s Co-Cathedral is located. In the middle of the street leading to the Cathedral, is the extensive Mdina Cathedral Museum which houses various collections of coins and silver, as well as paintings by Maltese and international period artists.
8. Triq Villegaigon (the main street)
When visiting Mdina, it is hard to miss this track which forms the spine of the city and links up the medieval town's every winding street. As you venture through this main route, you will come across the Chapel of St Agatha, St Peter’s Monastery, the Banca Giuratale, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Carmelite Priory, and, finally, Bastion Square.
Take a trip to Mdina, you won't regret it!