Mdina y Rabat
MEDINA, the noble town or city of silence.
One of the most interesting and beautiful cities in Malta.
Built on a mound by the Phoenicians around 700 BC and conquered by Arabs, Romans, Normandy. The latter were in charge of walling the city and the expansion of the pit.
The Roman conquest led to the creation of buildings and palaces and came to be considered a city of the province of Rome. Its main Roman and baroque architecture, readily apparent to wander through its narrow streets and squares.
Upon arrival of the Knights of St. John in 1530 Mdina was Malta's capital and home of nobility.
The Knights of St. John rebuilt in Mdina the Cathedral of St. Paul, severely affected by the earthquake between southern Italy and Malta, This is the only cathedral in the country, Valetta in the co-cathedral St is. Juan.
It is also the work of the Knights of Malta palacio Falzon, the Magisterial palace and numerous restoration works throughout the city.
A few years after Great Siege of Malta by the Turks in 1565 the capital of Mdina step to the newly built city of Valleta, where continuous currently.
In the nineteenth century Mdina and Rabat received a boost with the creation of infrastructure for education, health and postal services in Rabat, Mdina and government agencies remained.
I was also constructed a railway line between Rabat and Valletta and in 1883 the tour with a new line was extended from Mdina to Mtarfa which was in operation until the year 1931 in which the lines were interrupted by the lack of viability.
At present the population is about a 300 people, inhabiting the palaces and noble houses. Mdina was and is home to the Maltese nobility.
Traffic in the city is not allowed except for residents, the streets alone see circulate as horse-drawn carts conducting sightseeing and some other vehicle of the inhabitants.
If we want visit some of the palaces or museums de Mdina, in the tourist office we will find next to the front door sell a coupon valid for different monuments.
After or during our visit to this wonderful city we can not stop have a coffee or taste any of their cakes in Fontanelle, bar located on the east side wall, which it offers an amazing view over the island.
Visiting Medina is very recommended day but so it is overnight because their environment changes completely. With its well thought out lighting, its deserted streets and alleys, its architecture ... will take us time.
What to visit in Medina?
If you have the time visit this city, both day and night.
Cathedral, Palazzo Falson, Palazzo Vilhena, Carmelite convent, Plaza Saqqajja.
Visit one of the stores offering items made with “Crystal Malta”
If you want to know the city in a more original way and that transports us to past times, you can do it mounted in one of the carriages that you will find at the main entrance of the city.
How to get?
We can get there by taxi, tourist bus , car and
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Where to eat in Medina and Rabat?
We find different restaurants within the walled city, with different services and prices.
On the wall on the east side we find the Fontanella, is not a classic restaurant is a bar where you can eat mixed dishes, great pizzas and desserts.
His visit is highly recommended for the views it has on the island.
Across the walls and just across a street find the village of Rabat, in Arabic “neighborhood”.
This town has neither the atmosphere nor the architecture that Mdina has, but a visit to it will not leave us indifferent.
Due to its proximity to Mdina your visit is comfortable, to not be very large visiting his old quickly.
Rabat found the catacumbas St. Paul and St.. Agata, the church and Gruta St. Paul and the beautiful museo Wignacourt, all interesting to visit.
We hope you enjoy your visit to Mdina and Rabat..
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