Category Archives: Malta Events

Experience Medieval Mdina

An age of chivalry

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Mdina was inhabited and possibly first fortified by the Phoenicians around 700 BCE. Phoenicians called it Maleth. The region benefits from its strategic location on one of the island’s highest points and at maximum distance from the sea. Under the Roman Empire, Malta became a Municipium and the Roman Governor built his palace in Mdina. Tradition holds that the Apostle St. Paul resided in the city after his historical shipwreck on the islands. Much of its present architecture reflects the Fatimid Period which began in 999 AD until the Norman conquest of Malta in 1091 AD. The Normans surrounded the city with thick defensive fortifications and widened the moat. The city was also separated it from its nearest town, Rabat.

Malta passed to the Order of Knights of the Hospitallier of St John of Jerusalem in 1530 AD. Mdina hosted the public ceremony in which each Grand Master swore an oath to protect the Maltese Islands and the rights of his subjects. A strong earthquake in 1693 AD led to the introduction of Baroque design within the cityscape. The Knights of Malta rebuilt the cathedral, to the designs of Maltese architect Lorenzo Gafa. Palazzo Falzon, the Magisterial Palace and major restoration works are other projects undertaken by the Knights.

Another great Event in Malta – the Mdina Festival

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The Medieval Mdina Festival will be organised for the fifth consecutive year in the streets of Mdina. The Festival will be held between the 3rd and 4th May 2014. During this two day event there will be re-enactments by foreign and local groups, Medieval Music, Sbandieratori, Illusionist, Jester, Falconry and birds of prey, Lectures, Concerts, Food & Drinks, Medieval Market, Medieval Kitchen and Children’s Area.

The popularity of this Festival is evident from the number of visitors in previous years. The request from a good number of foreigners and Travel Agents proves that this festival is now popular as well with foreign enthusiasts. Some Tour Operators also advertise the Festival in their brochures. During the Festival the participants will perform all day long in various corners and squares of Mdina. Exhibits will include battles, skirmishes, re-enactments of scenes from the Medieval Period,
like the Town Crier, a Slave Market, a re-enactment of a Medieval Kitchen, Sword Fighting, Archery, Medieval Tavern, Magic Shows, Live Music, Birds of Prey flights, Parades, Flag Throwing shows, and spontaneous re-enactments.

The festival serves as a cultural exchange between local talents and foreign groups, disseminating the cultural heritage of the Medieval Times. It is also a good educational exercise to teach both children and adults the history of the City of Mdina. During the festival all the Tourist Attractions extend their opening hours and offer special reduced prices. Food and drinks will be in abundance during the Festival and a good number of outlets will offer medieval food on in their menus during those days.

As it is the smallest Local Council on the Island, the Mdina Local Council requires a lot of support to organise such a significant event. Indeed the festival is supported by a number of Goverment Departments; residents and the local Business Community, particularly the SMEs present in Mdina.This assistance takes several forms, ranging from advertising to direct participation. Indeed, some companies set up stands exhibiting their products, and are directly involved in exchanges with similar international exhibitors. This gives the festival another dimension, that of a promoter for exchange of ideas amongst other business communities.

The Grand Hotel Excelsior offers you great insight on things to do in Malta. Visit the website of this superior 5 star hotel in Malta and stay updated with events taking place around Malta.

Photos courtesy of www.viewingmalta.com.

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Be part of the Easter Celebrations in Malta

Experience the unique Easter Festivities of Malta

Malta Easter Celebrations

Join the thousands of onlookers that line the roads from the front of the church all the way along the passage of the pageant. The band players lead the way, progressing inch by inch, setting the mood of gloom with their music. Boys and men, dressed in the attire of shepherds, peasants, and Roman soldiers follow holding various reminders of the life and death of Jesus. Banners in Latin give messages to the devout Christian. And, one by one several large adorned statues pass by the stationary crowd.

The Grand Hotel Excelsior will be organizing transport to The Good Friday Procession and Resurrection Procession in Cospicua as follows:

Good Friday Procession in Qormi : 18th April 2014
Departure from The Grand Hotel Excelsior to Qormi : 16.30hrs
Return transfer from Qormi to The Grand Hotel Excelsior : 20.00hrs
Price: €40.00

Resurrection Procession in Cospicua : 20th April 2014
Departure from The Grand Hotel Excelsior to Cospicua: 09.00hrs
Return transfer from Cospicua to The Grand Hotel Excelsior: 12.00hrs
Price: €40.00

Should you wish to be part of the Easter Celebrations in Malta contact the Concierge Desk at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta and they will organise the transfers for you.

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Easter Celebrations at the Excelsior

Excelsior Malta Easter 2014

Whether you would like to experience an Easter Spa Break, an Easter Dine and Stay Weekend Break or simply want to enjoy Our Easter Sunday Buffet Lunch check out the Grand Hotel Excelsior website to see what we have come up with.

And if you would like to enjoy that little treat at home, homemade traditions are being given a five star touch this Easter. Our award winning team of pastry chefs is busy preparing figolli and Easter eggs for you to take home or to give to your loved ones. These delectable goodies are available to purchase from our Harbour View Lounge Bar, which is open 24 hours a day.

Excelsior Hotel Malta Easter 2014

Should you require any further information or wish to book kindly contact the Team at this superior 5 star hotel in Malta on +356 21250520 or info@excelsior.com.mt.

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