Today’s Friday Photo celebrates Mdina, the ‘Silent City’ at the heart of the island of Malta in the Mediterranean. Occupied since ancient times, the town preserves many reminders of its previous inhabitants. Just outside the heavily fortified walls of the city, for example, lie the remains of a Roman villa–with its mosaic floors intact! Archaeologists also discovered a Muslim cemetery on the site, a reminder of the two centuries of Muslim occupation which left an indelible mark on the language (if not the religion) of the island. Later, the Normans were responsible for bolstering the town’s defences, raising walls and widening the moat. These would stand the Knights of St John in good stead when, in the 16th century, they defended Mdina from Ottoman expansion. Despite this turbulent history, Mdina today is a sleepy city, drenched in sunlight and blissfully lacking in cars.