Città Vecchia

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Città Vecchia (chēt-tä´ vĕk´kyä) [Ital.,=old city], Città Notabile, or Notabile (nōtä´bēlā), Maltese Mdina (əmdē´nä), town, central Malta. It was the capital of Malta until supplanted by Valletta (1570). The town has a large 17th-century cathedral, the old palace of the grand masters of the Knights of Malta (Knights Hospitalers), and catacombs, some of which are pre-Christian.