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Rabat - St. Paul's Church
The city of Rabat just borders with Mdina on its southern side, so the cities are usually visited together. The name Rabat is derived from the Semitic word for suburb.
One of the highlights of Rabat is the Baroque style St. Paul's Church, which dates back to the 17th century.
It stands above a grotto St. Paul is said to have taken refuge after his shipwreck on Malta.
Rabat's St. Paul's Church is located at the St. Paul's Square right in the centre of Rabat. It is only about 15 Minutes on foot from Mdina's Man Gate.
We combined our daytrip to Mdina, with a visit of the famous Dingli Cliffs. They are the steepest cliff formation on Malta, reaching heights of up to 253 m from sea level. It is usually very windy in this area.
Before we started our hike along the cliffs, we took a drink in the Bar and Restaurant Bobbyland, which is the only restaurant along the cliff road.
Near the highest point of the cliffs the St. Mary Magdalene Chapel can be found. It was built in 1646
The Dingli Cliffs are located only about 20 Minutes by bus south of Mdina. Bus #81 serves the route between Mdina and the Dingli Cliffs at least every 20 Minutes. Please note that the route near the Cliffs is served in a circle, which means to get to the cliffs and to leave them is the bus in the same direction. A single ticket costs 0,47 Euro (November 2010).
Misrah Ghar il-Kbir (Clapham Junction)
On our hike from the Dingli Cliffs to the bus stop towards Mdina we also took the chance to visit Misrah Ghar il-Kbir, which is better known as "Clapham Junction".
It is a prehistoric site with cart ruts which probably date back to about 2000 before Christ. The real origin of these ancient trackways is not really known.
The name Clapham Junction was given to the site by an Englishman, as the tracks reminded him on the London railway station of the same name.
Misrah Ghar il-Kbir (Clapham Junction) is situated somewhere between the St. Mary Magdalene Chapel (Dingli Cliffs) and the Buskett Gardens. The site is signposted, but still it needs some searching to find the site. The next bus stop towards Mdina is near the Verdala Palace on top of the Buskett Gardens.
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