Mdina, the first capital of Malta, was built on a hill overlooking the countryside in the center of the island. The bastions, which surround the city, are perfect for protection in those times when invaders were trying to conquer Malta. The solid high walls and locked gates were the major protection in Medieval times and the bastions enhanced this security. It is obvious that anyone on ‘guard duty’ on these bastions would be alerted to an oncoming attack. This peaceful countryside may have been witness to many battles long ago.
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