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Mdina is the old capital of Malta, a medieval walled town situated on a hill in the centre of the island with views off to the Mediterranean. The Apostle St. Paul resided in the city after his historical shipwreck on the islands. Outside the walled area is the nearby is the town of Rabat, which has some Roman and historic sites and churches.
The town of Mdina is small, and can be wandered on foot or toured in a horse and carriage. A map and walking tour can be obtained from the tourist information office just inside the main gate.
St. Paul's Cathedral is located on the site where St. Paul, who was shipwrecked on the island, converted the Roman governor of the island to Christianity. Publius became the first Bishop of Malta, and Malta one of the first Christian countries in the world. Publius was later sainted and become Malta's first saint. The church was built over many periods, with some parts dating back to 1090 AD, and enlarged in 1490.
Rabat, nearby, has a Roman town house which contains a Museum of Roman Antiques, St. Paul's church and Grotto, and the catacombs of St Agatha and St Paul, where burials took place dating back to the 4th century.
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Bus routes 51, 52 and 53 run from Valletta to Rabat and Mdina. Route 109 runs from Providenza. Routes 202 and 203 runs from St. Julian. Route 205 runs from Pembroke. Buses are operated by Arriva, and schedules and routes can be found on the
Arriva Malta website.
It is easiest to get around on foot. A tourist map can be obtained free of charge from the tourist information centre just inside the Mdina gate.
Internet cafés and Wi-Fi zones are quite abundant with connection rates peaking at 30Mbit/s. More and more small, independent cafes and restaurants are providing free WiFi hotspots.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The international telephone code for Malta is 356. Emergency number is 112 for all services.
The country has three mobile phone networks available: Vodafone, Go Mobile, and Melita Mobile. Due to international agreements with providers across the globe, Vodafone, GO and Melita are sure to be apart of your carriers roaming plan. To avoid high costs, buy a local SIM-card.
Malta Post is the national postal service with generally cheap and reliable services, albeit not very fast. All post offices are open from around 8:00am till noon, some opening slightly earlier or closing later. The main offices stay open until around 4:00pm.
For sending international packages, you might consider companies like DHL, TNT or UPS.
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