Mdina, Città Vecchia, or Città Notabile,was the old capital of Malta. It 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" by natives and visitors. The town is still confined within its walls, and has a population of just under three hundred, but 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
Evidence of settlements in Mdina goes back to over 4000 BC. It was possibly first fortified by the Phoenicians around 700 BC, because of its strategic location on one of the highest points on the island and as far from the sea as possible. When Malta had been under the control of the Roman Empire, the Roman Governor built his palace there. Legend has it that it was here, in around 60 CE, that the Apostle St. Paul lived after his shipwreck on the islands.
Mdina owes much its present architecture to the Arab period, from 870 until the Normans conquered Malta in 1091. They surrounded the city with thick defensive fortifications and a wide moat, separating it from its nearest town Rabat.
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batalay (35739) 2014-08-20 0:15
The walled city of Mdina appears with its majesty in this excellent composition. The abundance of stone on Malta becomes evident in virtually any photo of the island, and your note puts the scene in historical perspective. It is another excellent package for Trekearth, geography through photography.
It is the ungodly hour of 3:10 am in Washington, DC, and 9:10 am France. The note will be the last thing I do before retiring for the night.
besnard (53756) 2014-08-20 0:39
Un bon choix d'angle pour mettre en valeur cette cité médiévale. Une bonne idée d'avoir inclus le mur de protection.
Amitiés et bonne journée.
carlo62 (33779) 2014-08-20 1:26
mi piace come hai composto la foto, il muro della strada sottolinea le belle architetture in alto, mi piace anche lo spazio che hai dato al cielo, da molto respiro alla foto.
Giustiniani (3376) 2014-08-20 2:21
belle présentation de ce joli site. Le point de vue est bien choisi et la composition très agréable.
trevormoffiet (3112) 2014-08-20 2:30
An excellent photo to accompany your very interesting note. I only ever thought of Malta before as a small dot in the Mediterranean. You have certainly packed a lot into your trip and painted us an attractive picture of Malta.
williewhistler (14607) 2014-08-20 2:37
The walled city certainly dominates the scene pictured against that lovely clear blue sky but almost as impressive is the massive stone wall that passes nicely across the vertical corners.
lousat (77802) 2014-08-20 3:03
Bonjour Steeph.Une large view sur la medina de Malte,capturee' depuis la meilleure prise de vue,details et couleurs impressionants dans la large version aussi,simplement parfaicte! Belle journee' et merci,Luciano
Fis2 (86267) 2014-08-20 3:51
Wow, beautiful building!
Good frame and colors.
I like it.
Have a nice afternoon.
Sergiom (61092) 2014-08-20 6:14
J'aime beaucoup le point de vue sur la Mdina. J'aime qui tu aies laissé une partie de la route dans le cadrage et qui donne de la profondeur à la composition tout à situant l'endroit dans l'espace.
Gerrit (48230) 2014-08-20 6:51
It is a very photogenetic island, I see.
Beautiful fortified town up there and a great composition by you.
berek (39483) 2014-08-20 7:44
beautiful presentation of this beautiful site. The view is well chosen and very nice composition. impressive architecture here.
Nicou (123190) 2014-08-20 19:32
quel panorama et image quel mure de pierre en premier plan avec le pins parasol, quel édifice tout en largeur très imposant superbe avec cette luminosité
Bravo et amitié
ourania (32049) 2014-08-21 9:49
the old city looks attractive and fascinating even from a distance, it has a dominant presence in the landscape and invites the viewer for a closer look. I like the clarity and sharpness of your picture, the old city and its surroundings are described in a very detailed and interesting way. The bright colours make a strong impression. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (84847)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-06-00
- Categories: Castles, Daily Life, Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 1100D
- Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-08-19 23:59