Città Vecchia chēt-tä´ vĕk´kyä [key] [Ital.,=old city], Città Notabile, or Notabilenōtä´bēlā [key], Maltese Mdinaəmdē´nä [key], 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.
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