Mdina (Maltese: L-Imdina [lɪmˈdɪnɐ]; Phoenician: 𐤌𐤋𐤈, Maleṭ, Ancient Greek: Μελίττη Melíttē, Arabic: مدينة Madinah, Italian: Medina), also known by its titles Città Vecchia or Città Notabile, is a fortified city in the Northern Region of Malta which served as the island's capital from antiquity to the medieval period. The city is still confined within its walls, and has a population of just under 300, but it is contiguous with the town of Rabat, which takes its name from the Arabic word for suburb, and has a population of over 11,000 (as of March 2014).
The city was founded as Maleth in around the 8th century BC by Phoenician settlers, and was later renamed Melite by the Romans. Ancient Melite was larger than present-day Mdina, and it was reduced to its present size during the Byzantine or Arab occupation of Malta. During the latter period, the city adopted its present name, which derives from the Arabic word medina. The city remained the capital of Malta throughout the Middle Ages, until the arrival of the Order of St. John in 1530, when Birgu became the administrative centre of the island. Mdina experienced a period of decline over the following centuries, although it saw a revival in the early 18th century. At this point, it acquired several Baroque features, although it did not lose its medieval character.
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Mickey Laws | May 10, 2018
We loved it here. The fortified city of Mdina (silent city or the old capital), is a must see when visiting Malta. Inside the walls it is enriched with history, and is quite romantic at night. We explored all the narrow streets and found lots of hidden gems. I would fully recommend spending half a day here to brush up on some history, enjoy the traditional food, and look in awe at the medieval architecture.
Arron Mynard | May 2, 2018
Game of Thrones geek - Season 1 King's Landing Gate. Everyone else, a nice big old walled city gate. Still impressive
Sheila DoyleStevens | Mar 4, 2018
"The Silent city" as it is known as can enchant travellers with its atmosphere of being in a time warp since the streets are so clean and there is no modern architecture or contemporary constructions to bring you up to date with actuality. Medieval, Norman and Baroque houses and churches in splendour are dotted around the streets as one wanders through the maze-like setting making one feel like being on a film set. Fabulous views of surrounding countryside and the seacoast from the battlements.
norma saliba | May 3, 2018
An enchanting place. The marvellous buildings, the winding streets, the cathedral and its museum and moreover the good restaurants especially Xaghra Palace. The silent city Mdina is a must to visit.
Mithun Sreenivasan | Apr 4, 2018
It is a wonderful place to visit, the former capital city of Malta is one of the must see places in Malta. With around 300 residents the city still remains a gem. You can get lost in the endless maze of cross roads and high buildings - completely silent if not for the tourists. A view over the wall shows us the entire side coast of Malta.
Mari Liis Räis | Jun 14, 2018
Mdina was really one of the greatest sightseeing places in Malta. This is a gate to some of the most picturesque streets of the entire island. Also a great Game of Thrones vibe ;)
Peter Millward | May 27, 2018
Medina, once the historic capital of Malta, is a walled, fortified city, steeped in history. You can spend the day here visiting the historic attractions, or just walk about stopping off at the many bars and restaurants. If you ever go to Malta, be sure to spend some time here.
Brian M | Jul 16, 2018
Stunning city, by far my favorite place to visit in Malta. The cathedral is not as elaborate as to the co-cathedral in Valetta, but the streets themselves are just beautiful. There are various eateries, but I would recommend one that affords a view from the walls. Requires some planning & GPS.
Juliana Brunello | Jul 5, 2018
To be honest, I didn't find Malta's cities to be that beautiful, everything is beige... HOWEVER Mdina is the exception! I loved it. Wish I could have spent more time there. If I had known that I would have liked it so much, I would have planed my day trip differently! Take your time to visit it, that's my advice.
Avner Gal | Jun 20, 2018
Very nice place. Certainly deserve a visit. Allow 60 to 90 minutes. Walk around the streets. Don't forget a hat during summer. Almost no shed areas. Bring your camera.
Killian Mullen | Jul 12, 2018
Really beautiful city that stands out from the other larger cities on the island. The architecture and stone work is spectacular and extremely well maintained as well as the gardens. Very spread out so never feel that it is too crowded with locals or tourists.
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