Photographer's Note

The city of Mdina received its present name from the Saracens who took over the island in 870 AD. For reasons of defence, they separated Mdina from its nearby suburb, Rabat, by a deep moat, and surrounded the hill-top section of the city with stronger walls and defence towers. It is from these walls that present visitors can get a great view of the countryside.
Mdina is called "the silent city". Maybe the name comes from the fact that cars have restricted access. Maybe it is because the island's gentry and nobility have adopted Mdina as their "capital" and their closed and silent doors are a defence against the constant and regular change of ownership and customs that Malta has witnessed over the thousands of years of its history.

From the Romans to the Saracens, then to the Normans, on to The Knights of the Order of St John, the French and the English - many nations have had a hand in forging what we see now as Malta.

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