Building - Archbishop’s Palace
The Archbishop’s Palace was jointly designed with the St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Cathedral museum ( Then it was the seminary for diocese Malta ) by architect Lorenzo Gafà and was built in 1722.
Between the court in Mdina (now City Hall) and the palace it was possible to enter the court via a back door.
When Apostle St. Paul was in Malta in the year 60 AD the diocese settled in Malta. Publius became the first Maltese Saint and Bishop of Malta. With this deed Malta became the first country in the world that was converted to Christianity.
The diocese of Malta has two cathedrals; The Metropolitan Cathedral of St. Paul in Mdina and the Co-Cathedral of John the Baptist in Valletta.
Gozo was part of the then Roman-Catholic diocese of Malta. Pope IX agreed for a separate diocese for Gozo and Comino, which was founded in 1864.
The Archbishop’s Palace was built after the earthquake in 1693. Mdina was the centre of the Bishopry from the 16th century onwards.
The French General Vanbois dined here as guest of his vanquished enemy in 1798.
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