Rabat, Malta

Collegiate Basilica of St. Paul in Rabat
Flag of Rabat
Coat of arms of Rabat
Magħrufa Bħala Tleqq
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Coordinates: 35°52′54″N 14°23′56″E / 35.88167°N 14.39889°E / 35.88167; 14.39889Coordinates: 35°52′54″N 14°23′56″E / 35.88167°N 14.39889°E / 35.88167; 14.39889
Country Malta
RegionNorthern Region
DistrictWestern District
BordersAttard, Dingli, Mdina, Mġarr, Mosta, Mtarfa, Siġġiewi, Żebbuġ
 • MayorSandro Craus (PL)
 • Total26.6 km2 (10.3 sq mi)
(Jan. 2019)
 • Total11,470
 • Density430/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Rabti (m), Rabtija (f), Rabtin (pl)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code356
ISO 3166 codeMT-46
Patron saintSaint Paul; Saint Joseph; Corpus Christi; Our Lady of The Girdle; Our Lady of Good Health; Saint Martin; Immaculate Conception
Day of festaFirst Sunday of July; March 19; Second Sunday of June; First Sunday of September; Second Sunday of October; Nearest Sunday to November 11; December 8
WebsiteOfficial website

Rabat (Maltese: Ir-Rabat, [ɪrˈrɐbɐt]) is a town in the Northern Region of Malta, with a population of 11,497 as of March 2014. It adjoins the ancient capital city of Mdina, and a north-western area formed part of the Roman city of Melite until its medieval retrenchment. The Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See to the Republic of Malta is seated in this village. The Local Council of Rabat is also the administrator of Baħrija. Parts of the films Munich and Black Eagle were shot in Rabat. In December 1999, Mtarfa was split from Rabat to form a separate Local Council by Act XXI, an amendment to the Local Council Act of 1993 (Act XV).


Rabat is a Semitic word which can mean "fortified town" or "suburb".


Rabat is home to the famous Catacombs of St. Paul and of St. Agatha. These catacombs were used in Roman times to bury the dead as, according to Roman culture, it was unhygienic to bury the dead in the city. Mdina and parts of Rabat were built on top of the ancient Roman city of Melite. The Maltese catacombs were never meant to be hiding places during persecutions or as living quarters.

The Catacombs of St. Paul are now looked after by Heritage Malta. Part of St. Paul's Catacombs, the part accessible from the Parish tradition and as recorded in the Bible, St. Paul stayed for three months when he was shipwrecked on the island in AD 60.[clarification needed]

In the Catacombs of St Agatha's, there are over 500 graves of several types, the majority being for children. There are sections for pagans and Jews, as well as for Christians. There are also unique frescoes.

Another interesting feature in the Maltese catacombs is the agape table, two of which, carved out of bedrock, were found in the Catacombs of St. Paul.


Hotel Point de Vue, Rabat, in the 1930s

Districts in Rabat

  • Baħrija
  • Bieb ir-Ruwa
  • Landrijiet
  • Għajn Qajjet
  • Għar Barka
  • Kunċizzjoni
  • Fomm ir-Riħ
  • Miġra Ferħa
  • Tas-Salvatur
  • Tas-Salib
  • Il-Lunzjata
  • Għemieri (Gomerino)
  • Għajn Klieb
  • Ħofra ta' Ritz
  • Il-Ħemsija
  • Misraħ Suffara
  • Mtaħleb
  • Nigret
  • Nigret tal-Ħarruba
  • Raba Nemel
  • Ras ir-Raħeb
  • Rdum tal-Lunzjata
  • Rdum tal-Vigarju
  • Ħal-Bajjada
  • Ta'Qasgha`
  • Ta' Busugrilla
  • Ta' Cassia
  • Ta' Fantin
  • Ta' Gerżuma
  • Ta' Lawrenti
  • Ta' Manduca
  • Ta' Namura
  • Ta' Sirena
  • Tal-Infetti
  • Tabja
  • Tal-Forok
  • Tal-Marġa
  • Tal-Virtù
  • Tat-Torri
  • Tax-Xieref
  • Ras ir-Raħeb
  • Santa Katarina (tad-Daħla)
  • Saqqajja
  • Wied Gerżuma
  • Wied il-Baħrija
  • Wied il-Bużbież
  • Wied il-Fiddien
  • Wied iż-Żebbuġ
  • Wied Liemu
  • Wied Rini
  • Wied tal-Isqof
  • Wied tal-Marġa
  • Xagħra tal-Isqof


  • Misraħ il-Parroċċa (Parish Square)
  • Misraħ San Duminku (Sant Dominic Square)
  • Pjazza tas-Saqqajja (Saqqajja Square)
  • Telgħa tas-Saqqajja (Saqqajja Hill)
  • Triq Ġorġ Borg Olivier (George Borg Olivier Road)
  • Triq Għajn Qajjet (Ghajn Qajjet Road)
  • Triq Għeriexem (Gheriexem Street)
  • Triq Ħad-Dingli (Dingli Road)
  • Triq Ħal Bajjada (Hal Bajjada Street)
  • Triq il-Buskett (Buskett Road)
  • Triq il-Kbira (Main Street)
  • Triq il-Kulleġġ (College Street)
  • Triq it-Tiġrija (Tigrija Street)
  • Triq Santa Rita (St Rita Street)
  • Triq tat-Tabija (Tabija Street)
  • Vjal il-Ħaddiem (Labour Avenue)

Band Clubs and Feasts


Rabat has its own football club called Rabat Ajax F.C. Rabat won the Maltese Premier League twice (1984–85 Maltese Premier League and 1985–86 Maltese Premier League), and the Maltese Cup once in 1986.

Twin towns — sister cities

Rabat is twinned with:

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