Mdina (Citta Vecchia)

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Mdina (Citta Vecchia) is part of the Tentative list of Malta in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

Mdina is a fortified urban settlement on a hill in the centre of Malta's main island. Mdina was founded in the 8th century BCE by Phoenician settlers and was the capital of Malta until the medieval period. The townscape is characterised by Baroque architecture, most notable the St Paul's Cathedral built between 1697 and 1702.

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UK - 28-Aug-14 -

I have been to Malta several times, but only on this visit did I get to Mdina. I was absolutely amazed by the beauty and atmosphere of the place: it leaves other mediaeval walled towns, such as Carcassone, standing. Gorgeous, stylish and beautifully preserved, its a mystery why this lovely little gem of a city does not have world heritage status.


Malta - 01-Apr-14 -

This is one of my favourite places in Malta and now that the renovation works are ready even more so. The former capital city of Malta offers various fine buildings (especially those deriving from the Normans), a beautiful co-cathedral, great fortifications and it offers a spectacular panoramic view of the island. The imposing view of Mdina when driving from Mosta is captivating. If you're lucky enough to be in Malta in mid-March make sure to head to Mdina in the evening for some fine fireworks.

Els Slots

The Netherlands - 10-Aug-08 -

Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T) by Els Slots

Mdina is the former capital of Malta, and located in the interior. After a couple of days in this country I have learned not to have too high expectations. Mdina turns out to be the number one highlight however. Despite large scale renovations going on, Mdina's atmosphere is chique, quiet (no cars!), clean and most of all enchanting. This walled city has a very Arabic feel, with its sober walls and splendid detailing in the doors and statues. There are also some fine palaces.

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Urban landscape - Post-medieval European
1998 Added to Tentative List

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