List of cities in Malta
This is a list of cities in Malta. By the usual standards that most other countries use when designating a city, Malta's cities would be too small to be considered such, and in fact Malta is sometimes regarded as a single city-state. Malta's cities are regarded as such because they received the designation of "città" at some point during their history. In Maltese law, no distinction is made between cities, towns, and villages; and city status is purely honorary. Malta is divided into 68 local councils. The local councils which have city status all feature a mural crown on the crest of their coat of arms. The table shows historical cities:
|Local council||Historical city name||Year granted||Region||Image||Population
|Birgu||Città Vittoriosa||1530||South Eastern Region||2629||Capital city from 1530 to 1571, and one of the Three Cities. City status confirmed following the Great Siege of Malta in 1565.|
|Bormla||Città Cospicua||1722||South Eastern Region||5395||One of the Three Cities. City status granted in 1722 by Grand Master Marc'Antonio Zondadari.|
|Mdina||Città Notabile||Northern Region||292||Capital city from antiquity to 1530.|
|Qormi||Città Pinto||1743||Southern Region||16779||City status granted on 25 May 1743 by Grand Master Manuel Pinto da Fonseca, following a request made by Don Giuseppe Vella.|
|Rabat||Città Victoria||1887||Gozo Region||6901||Capital city of Gozo. City status granted on 10 June 1887 by Queen Victoria, following a petition made by Bishop Pietro Pace and Chief Justice Adrian Dingli on occasion of Victoria's Golden Jubilee.|
|Senglea||Città Invicta||1565||South Eastern Region||2784||One of the Three Cities. City status granted following the Great Siege of Malta in 1565.|
|Siġġiewi||Città Ferdinand||1797||Southern Region||8367||City status granted on 30 December 1797 by Grand Master Ferdinand von Hompesch zu Bolheim, following a petition made by Don Salvatore Corso and the inhabitants.|
|Valletta||Città Umilissima||1571||South Eastern Region||6444||Capital city since 18 March 1571.|
|Żabbar||Città Hompesch||1797||South Eastern Region||15404||City status granted on 14 September 1797 by Grand Master Ferdinand von Hompesch zu Bolheim, following a request made by Don Carlo Caruana and the inhabitants. In 1801, the Hompesch Gate was built to commemorate this event.|
|Żebbuġ||Città Rohan||1777||Northern Region||11903||City status granted on 21 June 1777 by Grand Master Emmanuel de Rohan-Polduc, following a petition made by the inhabitants. In 1798, the De Rohan Arch was built to commemorate this event.|
|Żejtun||Città Beland||1797||South Eastern Region||11508||City status granted on 30 December 1797 by Grand Master Ferdinand von Hompesch zu Bolheim, following a petition made by Don Giacomo Michele Tortella and the inhabitants.|
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