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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Eva Papadimitriou | Nov 27, 2017
I loved it!! Very nice and informative experience!! It's a historical run through the tortures that were forced upon people in Malta throughout the centuries. Sound effects take place, completely on point to boost the experience. Totally recommend, and the fee is small. There is also a student discount.
Darrell Edmondson | Jan 3, 2018
Must go place very spooky lol if looking for some to go its a must but then again the area it was in was had loads to offer for a day out
Anna Kl | Sep 17, 2017
Great place to go to - Did not regret it. The dungeons are well maintained, it is very scary and interesting. the music/ambient sound is a nice touch. Just wish it was bigger!
Inde Mr | Apr 4, 2018
Неприятное ощущение находясь внутри но в целом хорошая картина того как жили люди раньше
signum m | Nov 1, 2017
Great museum! Not to be missed if you are Malta.
Hannah Williams | May 23, 2018
Very impressive use of space. Very informative about the history of torture in London. Not appropriate for under 8 as very graphic and some sound effects. €5 entry for an adult which I feel is fair. Short self guided tour of about 20-30 minutes.
N Nick | Jun 3, 2018
Closer to Mdina's main gate.
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