Malta – The Doors of Mdina

I cannot believe that I didn’t post about Malta up until now. It’s been almost four months since I was there, although it seems like such a distant memory. Ah, this illusory concept called Time!

Nonetheless, what better way to start than to take you “through the doors”!

So, before the Knights Hospitaller (Knights of St. John) came to Malta in 1530, Mdina was the capital of Malta. The fortifications stand strong to this day. The city has been in existence since at least the 8th century, when it was called Maleth by the Phoenicians. But it has been inhabited since prehistory! Now there are only around 250 people living there. So it becomes almost silent once the day time visitors to the city leave in the evening, hence the nickname of “Silent City”. There are so many stories to tell – which I will tell in the subsequent post about Mdina. But in this post, I just wanted to show the amazing doors, made special by the ornate door-knobs in the houses of this beautiful medieval town. You can find this style in all of Malta but I couldn’t find out when did this originate. Look for yourself how beautiful they are, while I prepare to reminisce (blog) about the lovely trip to Malta!

Even the keyhole (the original one) is ornate!
Looks like a family’s coat of arms..must be an important house!
These ones also work as door-knockers
So does this one
The Fishes
This one was in Gozo, which is where my interest in the doorknobs was piqued!

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