Carmelite Priory Mdina
Carmelite Priory Mdina
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The Carmelite friars resident at the historical Priory in Mdina invite you to experience both the spiritual and the daily way of life in this spectacular 17th century priory. The Carmelite Priory offers the unique opportunity of visiting various rooms that include a decorative refectory, an authentic kitchen, a typical friars cell, as well as a sober oratory, amongst others to get a taste of the spiritual, artistic, historical and cultural heritage of Carmelites. The impressive church also forms part of the same visit. The visit is always guided by a resident friar or by a "Friend of the Priory" The Carmelite Priory is the first priory in Malta to be open to visitors in an attempt to share with contemporary people the Carmelite heritage handed down to us from one generation to the other. Carmelite friars living here share their lifestyle with visitors who wish to pay a visit in the historical spaces, or to spend days of recollection, organise spiritual and cultural events, or participate in the courses organised by the Carmelite Institute Malta at the Priory in conjunction with the Faculty of Theology at University of Malta and the Pastoral Formation Institute.
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LM606
Honolulu, HI186 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Solo
If you come across one of the old pamphlets from the Carmelite Priory, you may see reference to the courtyard being open to the general public with tours being given at 11:00 and 15:00. However, if you were to turn up today, you'd find a sign on the door advising you to call or email for a tour. The gentleman who conducted my tour explained that they used to have the courtyard open to all but found that this eroded the quiet contemplative atmosphere that they wanted to promote, thus they've gone to booking tours. They consider this a good balance between maintaining a peaceful atmosphere while making themselves available to the public. Check their website for contact information.

Booking is easy. I did mine via email 48 hours in advance and got first date of choice. Despite emailing them well after business hours, I got a response within two hours. On the day I waited at the door until 10 minutes past the agreed upon time at which point I sought help from one of the gentlemen working at the cafe. He called the Father and someone came down, so no problem. I admit that I neglected to reply to his email confirming the appointment, so maybe that's why no one came down at the time -- learn from my mistake. Fortunately, they weren't busy, so it didn't cut into the tour time.

The tour was given by a member of the community. He took me around the ground floor to show me the rooms, providing details regarding their use and how they figured in the history of the order, Mdina, and Malta. I was the only visitor at the time, which made for a quiet, intimate experience. There was no hint of proselytizing in this, but it was done in keeping with Carmelite sensibilities. It's difficult to put into words, but a paid tour guide might tend to take a more objective view of the place. A Carmelite Friar obviously believes in both the faith and the order itself. There's nothing wrong with that -- indeed, it gives you a perspective that a third party couldn't provide, and it's one of the reasons I looked forward to this tour. Still, it's something to be aware of going in.

The tour took about 45 - 50 minutes and cost 4 euro. The public area is on the ground floor and appears to be fully accessible to the mobility impaired. There's a ramp at the front door and no steps to deal with inside. Most of the doors looked wide enough to admit a wheelchair. The friar who took me around was very nice and patient with my questions. Although nothing special was happening at the time I went, they have periodic exhibitions and concerts on Saturdays; check the events section of their website for listings.

If you have an interest in religious subjects, I think you'll like this. They give you a brief history of the order on the tour, but read a little in advance if only to understand their mindset and mission. Not only will this enable you to better appreciate the tour, it will also help you understand their way of being. I've done a lot in Malta, but this was a unique experience. I'm glad I went and look forward to returning someday for a concert or exhibition.
Written June 15, 2013
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HOEKIES
The Hague, The Netherlands324 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Really nice church, good preserved and with excellent paintings especially the ceiling is astonishing. Great place to visit when you are visiting the Mdina and Malta of course.
Written January 5, 2020
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Rhian G
Haverhill, UK36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
Beautiful church in which to enjoy a moment of peace and reflection. Would recommend spending 15 minutes or more to take a look.
Written October 5, 2017
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AussiesInMorton
Melbourne, Australia51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Family
We spent a great deal of our time here simply because it was such a pleasant, peaceful place. For starters, this was so much more than a museum. I can strongly recommend the cafe here. We had lunch and not only was I surprised by the presentation of the cafe, but the food was wonderful. Traditional and rustic, I had some of the best cheese of my Maltese experience here, and I tried a lot of cheese! The service was probably a little slow, but I really hate to fault them on that because the food was excellent. Look for a surprise in the restrooms too!

The museum was great, and unlike other reviewers, I like the audio because it allows me to look at the displays as I am walking along. Just stroll through and enjoy. Most impressive was the church. It was very lovely and peaceful; beautiful art work and it was nice just to sit down and take it all in. They celebrate mass at 7am most days I think, and whilst I wasn't able to get here for it, I think it would be a very spiritual experience. I hope to get back there one day to see. Wonderful experience.
Written September 20, 2012
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PeregrinaSantaFe
Cottonwood, AZ153 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012 • Friends
Don't bother paying extra for the audio guide unless you want to be able to walk around listening word for word to the same information written on the display plaques.
Written April 22, 2012
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018
This church is literally in the very heart of Mdina, the premier location for weddings in Malta. Following mass or perhaps a civil wedding, the bride and the groom would have an abundance of places for the official creative photographer would exploit. The right ingredients for any classy wedding or digital album!

Mdina, better known as the ‘silent city’ is truly a ‘paradise’ for any creative professional wedding photographer working in Malta. The lighting, the architecture, and the feeling of being there is just fantastic.
As a pro photographer, so familiar with the place, I would strongly recommend Mdina to be at the top of the list when visiting Malta. A family photoshoot organized through your professional photographer in Malta is also highly recommended.

The potential bride and groom considering ‘tying the knot’ in Malta should consider this historic location together with some photos in a sandy beach for their wedding album. I would suggest that one would discuss this with his photographer or perhaps with the wedding organizer or wedding planner in-order to fit this photoshoot in the wedding timeframe. A beautiful sunset in a wedding album is also a strong possibility while visiting the Maltese islands.
Written September 26, 2019
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AvidTraveler12
Winchester, UK1,813 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Friends
Located on one of the main streets is the Carmelite Priory. It is easy to miss, but if you see it, it is free to enter this charming Priory.
Written October 18, 2018
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Muchtravelled09
Sydney, Australia27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Solo
Reviewers should get facts right to help others. Church is open to all, Priory is by email appointment only and is STUNNINGLY SUPERB - I know because I was the only one on a highly fascinating tour of Priory today. For one delightful hour I listened to a gentle & knowledgeable volunteer guide (monks are bound to silence), had my questions answered, & learned much about religion. The Refectory is a gem, as was the private chapel available to current monks, the original kitchen, & the pottery bee hives are unique in my experience as a keeper of bees. This is well worth organising in advance, & your donation will help retain this priory in its original condition.
Written June 15, 2017
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Joy Sims
458 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Couples
The required silence as you enter the nave only enhances the true stunning beauty of this cathedral. Highly recommended when visiting Mdina
Written November 5, 2016
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frankie1037
Plymouth, UK50 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
There is an abundance of churches in Malta. This Ave a feeling of peace and tranquility. Some good information on the history available and like many churches in Malta is undergoing some restoration.
Written October 3, 2016
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