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Title: Castellu di la Chitati
Authors: Spiteri, Stephen C.
Keywords: Mdina (Malta) -- History
Mdina (Malta) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
Fortification -- Malta -- Mdina -- History
Archaeology -- Malta -- Mdina
Mdina (Malta) -- Defences
Castellu di la Chitati (Mdina, Malta)
Lost architecture -- Malta -- Mdina
Military engineering -- Malta -- Mdina -- History
Military architecture -- Malta -- Mdina -- History
Mdina (Malta) -- History -- 870-1530
Issue Date: 2001
Publisher: The Archaeological Society
Citation: Spiteri, S.C. (2001). Castellu di la Chitati. Malta Archaeological Revew, 4, 17-27
Abstract: One of the least understood of all the works of fortification to have stood watch over the Maltese islands in antiquity is the castellu di la chitati - the medieval castle of the old town of Mdina. The arcanum that surrounds this ancient stronghold stems primarily from the fact that it was dismantled way back in the 15th century and what little had remained of the building thereafter, eventually disappeared altogether in the metamorphosis that accompanied the Hospitaller refortification of the medieval town into a gunpowder fortress throughout the course of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. This, coupled with the limited nature of contemporary documentary information has ensured that the true form and features of the medieval stronghold have been lost to the point that now only archaeology can hope to really figure out. Whilst acknowledging the severe limitations imposed by any approach that falls short of a full archaeological investigation, this paper seeks to re-examine the existing documentary, cartographic and physical evidence unearthed to-date in order to suggest a rudimentary model of Mdina's medieval stronghold. Undoubtedly, the greatest contribution to-date to the study of Mdina and its medieval fortifications has been the masterly work of Prof. Stanley Fiorini and Dr. Mario Buhagiar. This paper only undertakes to re-evaluate the evidence and some of the conclusions presented so far in the light of my own research into medieval military architecture and castle typologies.
Appears in Collections:MAR, Issue 04 (2000)
MAR, Issue 04 (2000)

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