Mdina, Malta: Travel/Tourist Information Guide

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Mdina is a small, fortified town in Northern Malta and is continued with the neighboring town of Rabat. It was the island's capital from antiquity until the Middle Ages. Nowadays, it's inhabitants are less than 300. They all live within the city walls. No cars, except very few, are allowed to enter within its confines. Thus, it is called "The Silent City". The town's architecture is a mix of baroque and medieval styles, but its character is strongly medieval. Mdina serves as an important touristic spot on the island due to its unique features and the many archeological and religious sites nearby.

The history of Mdina dates back to the time of Phoenician rule of Malta. They established a city called Maleth that became the most important establishment on the island, until the arrival of the Order of St. John, that moved the capital to Birgu/Vittoriosa - Cottonera. Mdina got its current name during the Arab occupation of Malta and it derives from the Arabic word for city - madina.

Located inland, Mdina is not a seaside resort. Although it has plenty to offer for seekers of cultural, archeological and historical landmarks. It is also an important religious spot, as it is thought that Apostle Paul lived here after being shipwrecked on the island, in the nearby Fuori le Mura grotto, known, today, as St. Paul's Grotto.