Daily Archives: July 24, 2014

Mdina | Rabat, Malta | 24 July 2014

Mdina is Malta’s old capital city, with Rabat being its suburb. A Bronze Age village is believed to have once stood at one end of the hill where Mdina today lies. The area was subsequently occupied by the Phoenicians, the Carthaginians, and the Romans and became an important urban centre. Melita, as the city was known during Roman times, was at least three times the size of the present-day Mdina. (Zammit, p.85)

Information from:
Zammit, Vincent, 2011. Malta History & Tradition. BDL Publishing.

© Tony Blood - Mdina, Rabat, Malta, 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Mdina, Rabat, Malta, 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Mdina, Rabat, Malta, 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Mdina, Rabat, Malta, 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Mdina, Rabat, Malta, 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Mdina, Rabat, Malta, 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Mdina, Rabat, Malta, 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Mdina, Rabat, Malta, 24 July 2014

WWII Shelters | Wignacourt Museum | Rabat, Malta | 24 July 2014

The building, fully completed in 1749, is on three levels: the underground level consists of a labyrinth of Punic, Roman and Christian Hypogea with interesting architectural features as well as a complex of World War II shelters with two main corridors and fifty rooms.

Information from:
Web: http://www.wignacourtmuseum.com

© Tony Blood – WWII Shelters, Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood – WWII Shelters, Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood – WWII Shelters, Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood – WWII Shelters, Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood – WWII Shelters, Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood – WWII Shelters, Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood – WWII Shelters, Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood – WWII Shelters, Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta 24 July 2014

Wignacourt Museum | Rabat, Malta | 24 July 2014

The main floor has an impressive picture gallery with works by Mattia Preti, Antoine Favray, Francesco Zahra and other Maltese as well as European Artists. Also a collection of 17th- 19th century Spanish, Italian and Maltese silver; a unique wooden altar used for the celebration of Mass on the galleys of the Order of the Knights of Malta; a collection of old relics and reliquaries, sculptures in wood, alabaster and bronze, including a medallion by Alessandro Algardi; maps, coins, prints and rare books among which is King Henry VIII’s ‘Septem Sacramants” written to confute Martin Luther and above all a baroque chapel for the private devotions of the residing chaplains.

Information from:
Web: http://www.wignacourtmuseum.com

© Tony Blood - Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Chapel, Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Chapel, Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Portrait of Pope Alexander VII (Formerly Fabio Chigi Inquisitor of Malta). Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Portrait of Pope Alexander VII (Formerly Fabio Chigi
Inquisitor of Malta). Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta 24 July 2014

St. Paul’s Grotto | Wignacourt Museum | Rabat, Malta | 24 July 2014

The Wignacourt Collegiate Museum at Rabat Malta has been reopened after a thorough refurbishment of the whole building – a baroque residence of the Chaplains of the Knights of Malta inaugurated by Grand Master Aloph de Wignacourt (1601-1622) as well as of its contents.

St Paul’s Grotto, the cradle of Christianity in Malta, the place where St Paul the Apostle in A.D. 60 is believed to have founded the first Christian Community on the island.

Information from:
Web: http://www.wignacourtmuseum.com

St. Paul's Grotto. Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta, 24 July 2014

St. Paul’s Grotto. Wignacourt Museum, Rabat, Malta, 24 July 2014

Catacombs | Wignacourt Museum | Rabat, Malta | 24 July 2014

The Wignacourt Collegiate Museum at Rabat Malta has been reopened after a thorough refurbishment of the whole building – a baroque residence of the Chaplains of the Knights of Malta inaugurated by Grand Master Aloph de Wignacourt (1601-1622) as well as of its contents.

The building, fully completed in 1749, is on three levels: the underground level consists of a labyrinth of Punic, Roman and Christian Hypogea with interesting architectural features as well as a complex of World War II shelters with two main corridors and fifty rooms.

Information from:
Web: http://www.wignacourtmuseum.com

© Tony Blood - Catacombs, Wignacoourt Museum, Rabat, Malta, 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Catacombs, Wignacoourt Museum, Rabat, Malta, 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Catacombs, Wignacoourt Museum, Rabat, Malta, 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Catacombs, Wignacoourt Museum, Rabat, Malta, 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Catacombs, Wignacoourt Museum, Rabat, Malta, 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Catacombs, Wignacoourt Museum, Rabat, Malta, 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Catacombs, Wignacoourt Museum, Rabat, Malta, 24 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Catacombs, Wignacoourt Museum, Rabat, Malta, 24 July 2014