Coat of arms
Motto: Città Notabile
|Inhabitants' name:||Midjan (m), Midjana (f), Midjani (p)|
|Other names:||The Silent City (code: MDN)|
|Latitude:||35°53 '9" N|
|Longitude:||14°24 '11" E|
|Area:||0. A coat of arms or armorial bearings (often just arms for short in European tradition is a design belonging to a particular person (or group of people A motto (from the Italian word motto, meaning witticism sentence is a phrase meant to formally describe the general motivation or intention of a social group Latitude, usually denoted symbolically by the Greek letter phi ( Φ) gives the location of a place on Earth (or other planetary body north or south of the Longitude (ˈlɒndʒɪˌtjuːd or ˈlɒŋgɪˌtjuːd symbolized by the Greek character Lambda (λ is the east-west Geographic coordinate measurement 9km²|
|Population total:||278 (Nov 2005)|
|Patron saint:||St. Peter and St. Paul; Our Lady of Mount Carmel|
|Day of festa:||June 29; 4th Sunday of July|
|Mayor:||Peter Dei Conte Sant Manduca (PN)|
Mdina (also called L-Imdina or Città Notabile, sometimes Medina) is the old capital of Malta. Malta, officially the Republic of Malta (Repubblika ta' Malta is a European Microstate, comprising an Archipelago of three islands It is a medieval town, with narrow quiet streets, situated in the centre of the island. A town is a type of settlement ranging from a few to several thousand (occasionally hundreds of thousands inhabitants although it may be applied loosely even to huge metropolitan An island (ˈaɪlənd or isle (/ˈaɪl/ is any piece of land that is completely surrounded by water in two dimensions above high tide and isolated from other significant It is also known as the "Silent City". It commands a magnificent view of the Island.
Evidence for settlement in Mdina goes back to over 4000 BC. It was first fortified by the Phoenicians around 700 BC, probably because of its strategic location on one of the highest points on the island and as far from the sea as possible. Phoenicia ( Phoenician: Phoenician nunsvg|12px|נ]]Phoenician nun When Malta came under control of the Roman Empire, the Roman Governor built his palace there. Malta, officially the Republic of Malta (Repubblika ta' Malta is a European Microstate, comprising an Archipelago of three islands The Roman Empire was the post-Republican phase of the ancient Roman civilization, characterised by an autocratic form of government and large territorial A palace is a grand residence especially the home of a Head of state or some other high-ranking Public figure. It was here in 60 CE that the Apostle St. Paul is said to have lived after being shipwrecked on the Islands. Paul the apostle (שאול התרסי Šaʾul HaTarsi, meaning " Saul of Tarsus " Σαούλ Saul and Σαῦλος Saulos and The city earned its present day name from the Sicilian Arabs who came to Malta around 870 CE. They surrounded the city with thick defensive walls and a wide moat, separating it from its nearest town, Rabat. A wall is a usually solid structure that defines and sometimes protects an area A moat is deep broad Trench, usually filled with Water, that surrounds a structure installation or town normally to provide it with a preliminary line of This article is about the Maltese village For the capital city of Morocco, see Rabat.
The Normans conquered Malta in 1091. The Normans were the people who gave their names to Normandy, a region in northern France. A strong earthquake in 1693 destroyed a large number of buildings in Mdina. An earthquake is the result of a sudden release of energy in the Earth 's crust that creates Seismic waves Earthquakes are recorded with a Seismometer After the earthquake the Cathedral was rebuilt on the designs of the Maltese architect Lorenzo Gafa. This article is about the history and organisation of the cathedral An architect is a licensed individual who leads a design team in the Planning and Design of buildings and participates in oversight of Building Construction Lorenzo Gafa (1638-1703 was a noted Maltese Baroque Architect.
Today, no cars (other than those of a limited number of residents, emergency vehicles, wedding cars and hearses) are allowed in Mdina and there is a calming atmosphere as one walks along its narrow streets and ways. The city displays an unusual mix of Norman and Baroque architecture, including several palaces, most of which serve as private homes. For other buildings in Normandy see Architecture of Normandy. Baroque art redirects here Please disambiguate such links to Baroque painting, Baroque sculpture, etc The term architecture (from Greek αρχιτεκτονικήarchitektoniki) can be used to mean a process a profession or documentation The Cathedral is worth visiting and is fronted by a large square. Public square and city square redirect here For Public Square Cleveland see Public Square and for City Square in Leeds see Leeds City Square.
Founded in 2006, the Mdina Knights are currently enjoying a positive moment in the third division league organised by Malta's football governing body, the Malta Football Association. Mdina Knights is a football team that represents the old Maltese capital of Mdina. The Malta Football Association ( MFA) is the governing body of football in Malta.
Defensive walls of the city
View of Mdina from neighbouring town Rabat
Mdina Gate, the city's main entrance
Mdina Gate, the city's main entrance
The Cathedral of St. Paul in the centre of Mdina
Palazzo Falzon (Norman House)
Typical narrow medieval street
Typical Maltese door in Mdina