Mdina, Città Vecchia, or Città Notabile, (English: Notabile, or Imdina) is the old capital city of Malta.
The view from Bastion Street in Mdina are absolutely marvellous. Just in front you can see the town of Mtarfa. Mtarfa was occupied by the Ottoman turks in 1522. From there they fiercely attacked the fortified city of Mdina but were unsuccessful. To the right you can also view the third largest dome in Europe, the dome of the Mosta church dedicated to the Assumption.
Mdina is a medieval walled town situated on a hill in the centre of the island. Punic remains uncovered beyond the city’s walls suggest the importance of the general region to Malta’s Phoenician settlers.
Mdina is commonly called the "Silent City". The town is still confined within its walls, and has a population of less than three hundred, but it is contiguous with the village of Rabat, which takes its name from the Arabic word for suburb, and has a population of over 11,000.
Author: Pierre Axiaq