Up there on the bastions, little has changed but all around was field at that time, except for the main road leading up which was already full of houses belonging to the upper class. I don't think one can still spot too many fields on one's way up to Rabat because the Citadel itself can only be seen nowadays because it is perched so high up.
The original at the Palace
Ic-cittadella llum imdawra bil-bini
The Citadel nowadays surrounded by buildings