In the Book of Acts, St. Paul and his missionaries were shipwrecked on Malta for some three months. Paul converted the governor of the island, Publius, to Christianity and St. Pauls Cathedral in Mdina is said to stand on the site of Publius house.
It would seem likely that an early Cathedral would have been built here before even the Norman one which was in turn destroyed in an earthquake in 1693. The architect Lorenzo Gafa was brought in in 1697 to design a new Cathedral which was eventually completed in 1702.
A number of houses in the centre of Mdina were cleared at that time to create the plaza in front of the Cathedral which is one of the few open spaces inside the City Walls.
The Cathedral, with its red and white striped dome, is one of the focal points in the City and is useful as a navigation point in the sinuous streets of Maltas most attractive town.
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