There are three Maltese sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List:
-City of Valletta
-Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum.
All sites are worth visiting, especially the temples and hypogeum. 🙂
Currently, on the UNESCO list, there are 6 Megalithic temples (Ġgantija, Ħaġar Qim, Mnajdra, Skorba, Ta’ Ħaġrat and Tarxien). However, there are more Megalithic temples existing on Malta. Maybe one day, the UNESCO list will be extended?
How do Megalithic temples look like?
-Well, it depends which site. In general you’ll be able to “explore” the interiors of the Megalithic structures; reconstructions of e.g., doorway; examples of prehistoric art; large prehistoric statues and of course lots of stones (very, very, very old stones).
The statue presented today comes from Tarxien Temples, that’s located just outside Valletta.
When I was visiting Malta, I had a chance to visit a few Megalithic temples.
Each site was very interesting. Everywhere, I met friendly people, proud of their culture and place they work. I also liked the way some Megalithic temples (not all of them) are protected, e.g., with a “tent”.
And in general, it’s a very unique experience to be in such an old place, even if their age is not so precisely estimated, they are still impressive!
I’ve already mentioned, that Megalithic temples are the most interesting sites of Malta.
They are considered as one of the oldest free-standing structures in the world! First of them were built around 3600 BC (some sources even say 5500 BC). They are really unique sites, and when you’re in Malta – it’s a must to visit at least one or two Megalithic temples. 🙂
Valletta is the capital city of Malta.
It’s named after its founder – Grand Master Jean Parisot de la Valette.
Valletta is a UNESCO World Heritage site and definitely you should visit the city while being in Malta. Take a walk in the center, visit St. John’s Co Cathedral, explore the city walls and Malta’s Grand Harbor. And simply, take your time, don’t hurry. 🙂
While being in Malta, you may often see the so-called Maltese Cross (visible in today’s photo).
The eight-pointed Maltese Cross was given to Malta by the Knights.
“The Maltese Cross was officially adopted by the Order of the Knights Hospitallers of St. John in 1126. Its eight points denote the eight obligations of the knights, namely “to live in truth, have faith, repent one’s sins, give proof of humility, love justice, be merciful, be sincere and whole-hearted, and to endure persecution”.” – This information was taken from Visit Malta.
The Maltese Cross is not the same as the George Cross, that’s presented on the Maltese flag.
When you’re visiting Malta, you may still feel there was a British influence.
First, English is one of the official languages (after Maltese language).
Second, Malta is the country with left-hand traffic.
And from time to time, you can find these cute red telephone booths (as seen in today’s picture). 😉
Malta has a long history, with “complicated relations” with different nations (e.g., Italy, Spain, France), but the most known is the “British period”.
For 150 years, Malta was a British Colony, until it became and independent country in 1964.
What’s interesting, Malta is still a member state of the Commonwealth of Nations.
(Wikipedia: The Commonwealth of Nations is an intergovernmental organization of 52 member states that are mostly former territories of the British Empire.)