One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The old walled part of a North African town.
- ‘Within the walls of the medina, the buildings close in on you, and you are taken into cool shadow.’
- ‘The medina, the medieval old town, is the one place where people do leave their homes, because tanks cannot get down the narrow twisting alleys.’
- ‘I was fascinated by the medina - it was the first time I'd been to a bazaar.’
- ‘In the centre, the old town, or medina, is walled in by ramparts and gives it an historical and cultural dimension.’
- ‘Some buildings within the medina are centuries old, while others are relatively new.’
Arabic, literally ‘town’.
A city in western Saudi Arabia, around an oasis some 320 km (200 miles) north of Mecca; population 1,010,000 (est. 2007).Arabic name al-Madinah
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