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Your Guide to Malta and Gozo - Multimedia Shows

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Multimedia Shows in Mdina

 

Mediaeval Times

Palazzo Costanzo; Villegaignon Street, Mdina; +356 21454625 

MondaySaturday 10.00-16.30hrs; Adult: €5.00, Child: €2.50; tickets may be purchased at the restaurant counter on the left, as you enter the building.

 

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This exhibition on the first floor of Palazzo Costanzo was inaugurated in November, 1994 by the then President of Malta Dr. Ugo Mifsud Bonnici. It attempts to capture the spirit of mediaeval Malta and to illustrate everyday life in the 14th and 15th Centuries.

You will see a stone carver hard at work and a carpenter in his workshop as the wife breast feeds the baby by a limestone stove. Other tradesmen in this collection include a blacksmith, a silversmith, a butcher, a vegetable vendor and a potter. The role of the barber in those days was not restricted to the beard, and the village barber is shown here extracting a rotten tooth from the jaw of an understandably worried patient. A nobleman entertains his guests in a lavish banquet whilst a colourfully-clad jester tries hard to amuse them.

Further insight into life in the Middle Ages is provided by the several explanatory boards interspersed within the collection. This is a rather small collection of mannequins and a 10-15 minute visit will more than do it justice. The Palazzo is an excellent backdrop for the open air cafeteria and restaurant. Also in the Palazzo is a well-stocked gift shop.


 

 

The Mdina Experience

7, Mesquita Square, Mdina; Tel: +356 21454322;  http://www.themdinaexperience.com/

Monday - Sunday: 10.00-17.00 hrs

 

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A twenty five minute well-produced multimedia show. Seats are equipped with headphones that provide commentary in several languages, including English, French, Italian, Spanish and German.

The theatre on the first floor is above a lovely coffee shop set in a medieval building. The décor in this coffee shop includes such kitchen equipment as a limestone stove, an array of pots and pans, and an indoor fountain.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Knights of Malta

14/19 Casa Magazzini, Magazines Street (Triq l-Imħażen), Mdina; tel: +356 21 451 342, www.theknightsofmalta.com

MondaySunday 10.00–16.30. Closed on Christmas day

 

 

 

268 years of rule by the Knights of St. John, condensed in a twenty minute tour!

Witness the Knights taking possession of the Maltese Islands under Grand Master l'Isle Adam in 1530... and the arrival of Napoleon's fleet that saw their expulsion in 1798. Experience the terror of the Great Siege of 1565, the triumph of the Knights over the Ottoman invaders and the death of Dragut. Admire the genius of Mattia Preti as he adorns the dome of the Order's co-Cathedral in Valletta.

Housed in the Mdina gunpowder vaults constructed by the Knights themselves, this exhibition comprising some 120 impressively convincing mannequins provides a unique opportunity to experience salient moments in the history of the Knights up-close. Further realism is afforded by the visual and audio effects that make Casa Magazzini a worthwhile place to visit. The exhibits in the pitch-dark passageways light up in sequence as you proceed. The audio-guides are the real let-down however as the static noise may border on the unacceptable, overwhelming the commentary at times.