By the usual standards that most other countries use when designating a city,
Malta's cities would be too small to be considered such. There are, however, a small number of communities traditionally regarded as cities by virtue of receiving the designation of "città" during the rule of the Knights of St John (and one during the British rule). In Maltese law, there is no distinction made between cities, towns, and villages; the status is purely honorary. Malta is divided into 68 local councils.
The Silent City [ edit ]
L-Imdina (Mdina), the old capital city of Malta became known as the Silent City. Its designation is Città Notabile. It ceased to be the capital in 1530. (Population: 258)
The Three Cities [ edit ]
Bormla ( Cospicua), has the designation of Città Cospicua. It was granted this title by grand master Marc'Antonio Zondadari in 1722. (Population: 6,000)
L-Isla ( Senglea), has the designation of Città Invicta. Senglea is the most densely populated city in Malta. (Population: 3,500)
Il-Birgu ( Vittoriosa), has the designation of Città Vittoriosa. Vittoriosa had been the capital city of Malta under the Knights of Malta between 1530 & 1571.
These three "Città" used to form the urban and political centre of the Island before the building of
Valletta. Later they became collectively referred to as the three cities.
The Capital City [ edit ]
Valletta, the capital city of Malta has the designation of Città Umilissima. It was founded in 1566 and was made the capital city since 1571. (Population: 6,315)
Other Cities in Malta [ edit ]
Ħal Qormi, the home of Maltese Bread. It is also known as Città Pinto. It was granted this title by Grand Master Emanoel Pinto de Fonseca in 1743. (Population: 16,576)
Siġġiewi, the countryside city, is on the southwest coast. It is also known as Città Ferdinand. It was granted this title in 1797 by Grandmaster Ferdinand von Hompesch. (Population: 7,903)
Ħaż-Żabbar, the city of bikes pilgrimage. It is also known as Città Hompesch. It was granted this title in 1797 by Grandmaster Ferdinand von Hompesch. (Population: 14,694)
Ħaż-Żebbuġ, also known as Cittá Rohan. It was granted this title in 1777 by Grandmaster Manuel de Rohan. (Population: 12,000)
Iż-Żejtun, the city of Maltese Folk Music, . It is also known as għana Città Beland. It was granted this title in 1797 by Grandmaster Ferdinand von Hompesch. (Population: 11,425)
In Gozo [ edit ]
Ir-Rabat in Gozo, also known as Città Victoria. It was given this name in 1887 by Britain to mark Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. (Population: 6,414)
See also [ edit ]
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