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St Publius Square
The small square behind the Main Gate of Mdina, is called St Publius. It is bounded by the decorated back of the main gate, with the figures of the three saints above the doorway, as well as other decorations. There is also Vilhena Palace, which is now used as the National Museum of Natural History. One can admire the screen that separates the public street from the palace yard. There is also the Tower of the Standard, which meant to be part of the defences of the city of Mdina, and from its top, one could easily communicate with the harbour area. There is a niche with the image of St Paul looking onto the square and welcoming all in this medieval city.​

St Paul’s Square
The main square of Mdina is dominated by the metropolitan cathedral of Malta, a cathedral that is dedicated to the COnversion of St. Paul. The fa​çade of this cathedral is impressive and is considered one of the masterpieces of Baroque architecture by the Maltese architect Lorenzo Gafà. Around the square there are more interesting buildings. To the left of the Cathedral is a building built in the neo-Gothic style at the beginning of the twentieth century. It was built to a design by architect Andrea Vassallo. Adjacent is Gourgion Palace, an eighteenth-century baroque building. Opposite there are two other buildings, where we see the side of the Banca Giuratale and Casa del Magistrato. The square took shape as we see it today in the eighteenth century after the Cathedral Chapter managed to buy the building block that was there instead of the sqsuare, to demolish and create a baroque square in front of the Cathedral, as appropriate.

Archbishop’s Square

Bastion Square 

Council Square

ta Square

Greeks’ Gate Square

The secondary gate of Mdina, known as Greeks’ Gate, was already in place since the 12th or 13th century. This can be clearly seen when one notices the pointed arches of the inner part of the gate. The fortification wall on the inside of the city dates to the same period. This gate is believed to be the only medieval entrance that has survived in Malta. During the eighteenth century, the fortifications were enlarged and a new façade to the gate was added to, to the designs of Francois Mondion. The guards’ quarters are located within the passageway. Above the entrance, on the inner part of the gate, is a painting showing the Baptism of Publius by St Paul.