?a?ra Prezzju?a Mag?rufa B?ala Tleqq
|Borders||Attard, Dingli, Mdina, M?arr, Mosta, Mtarfa, Siiewi, ?ebbu?|
|o Mayor||Sandro Craus (PL)|
|o Total||26.6 km2 (10.3 sq mi)|
|o Density||430/km2 (1,100/sq mi)|
|Demonym(s)||Rabti (m), Rabtija (f), Rabtin (pl)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|o Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|ISO 3166 code||MT-46|
|Patron saint||Saint Paul; Saint Joseph; Corpus Christi; Our Lady of The Girdle; Our Lady of Good Health; Saint Martin; Immaculate Conception|
|Day of festa||First Sunday of July; March 19; Second Sunday of June; First Sunday of September; Second Sunday of October; Nearest Sunday to November 11; December 8|
Rabat (Maltese: Ir-Rabat, [?r'r?b?t]) 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 Ba?rija. 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 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 an ancient Roman city. 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 60 A.D.
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 Frescos.
Another interesting feature in the Maltese Catacombs is the Agape Table.
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.