Rabat is a village just outside Mdina. The name of the village is derived from the Semitic word for “suburb” as it was the suburb of the old capital Mdina. New dwelling constructions have developed in the various Rabat areas, such as tal-Virtu and Ghajn Qajjet. Nowadays, this remarkable development distinguishes the old part of the town from the new. The village core still retains its medieval street pattern despite many buildings facades from the turn of the century. The mixture of architecural styles and the use of traditional building materials have combined to produce an elegant suburb to the walled city of Mdina.