Citadel of Mdina
Nearly any fortress can best be appreciated at a distance.
This applies to Mdina, whose command of the high ground
was a magnet for military occupiers of Malta over the last
3,000 years. Once Arab, now Mdina belongs to the tourists.
The closer view of Mdina, with the sun shining on it, looks
more like a painting than a photograph. Whichever power
last conquers such territory gets to erect their own
monument, replacing what has come before, such as when
Mdina was in Arab hands. Earthquakes are equal
opportunity destroyers, wiping out an early Norman church.
St Paul's Cathedral (1702) not surprisingly was built by and
for the Knights of Malta. Technically the church of Malta's
Catholic Archbishop, this led to a compromise by which the
Knights ended up with a "co-cathedral" in their preferred
headquarters at Valletta, on the Grand Harbor. Mdina was
too far inland for the sea-based Knights.
The dome of St Paul's Cathedral totally dominates Mdina's
crest, followed by a smaller pair of cathedral towers visible in
these pictures. Nothing else rises above the walls.
Inside the cathedral, my favorite angle was pointing the
camera straight up, showing off the dome's ornamentation
and artwork. This style is considered baroque.