Mdina, Ancient Capital of Malta

Archway, Mdina, ancient capital of Malta

Mdina (pronounced Im-Deena), was the ancient capital of Malta, being inhabited since prehistoric times, right up to recent history, when the Order of St John crashed the party. It’s unique on Malta, in that it’s a pretty well-preserved medieval city. Victoria (on Gozo) is impressive too, but still not in Mdina’s league.

I’ve been to Mdina twice now, 30 years apart. Both times, I was struck by how quiet the place seems to be. There doesn’t seem to be many people walking about. Where are they all? Working? Eating? Sleeping? On holiday?

Mdina is full of tall stone streets — a blessing in the long hot summers.

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