It’s already the end of September, so the series about Malta on my blog is almost over.
How did you like it?
As a summary, I’ll give a list of my favorite places from Malta:
-Megalithic Temples (all are great!)
-Marsaxlokk (lovely town)
-Ta’ Kola Windmill (Gozo Island)
-Mdina & Rabat
-and coast, especially with nice rock formations, e.g., nearby the Blue Grotto.
Today, I want to show you something interesting from the Gozo Island. 🙂 It’s the Ta’ Kola Windmill in Xagħra, one of the few Maltese windmills dating back to the Knights’ period.
You’ll see inside a large collection of tools – quite interesting!
The town of Rabat is located just outside Mdina.
St. Pauls’ church (today’s photo) is usually listed as the main attraction of Rabat. However, I was mostly impressed by the catacombs of St. Paul and St. Agatha. They are Early Christian underground cemeteries. I can highly recommend to visit them!
Malta has a few treasures and Mdina is definitely one of them!
The small city of Mdina dates back to 8th century BC, and it’s one of the main attractions in Malta.
It’s a very unique place! While being in Malta, you just must take a slow walk and explore this special town! 🙂
As a curio, Mdina is sometimes called Silent City; and only people who live there can drive inside the city.
Roman Catholicism is the main religion in Malta. So, it’s not a surprised, that there are so many churches in Malta. There are some similarities between them, but it’s still worth to see a few different churches in Malta Island or Gozo Island.
Today, I’m showing you another picture from lovely Marsaxlokk. Maybe, I’ll never memorize the name of this town, but I’m going to remember all nice place I’ve visited there. 🙂 Marsaxlokk is definitely a place you should take a walk and simply look around – you’ll always find something interesting.
While visiting towns or cities, I always pay attention at windows and doors. Especially, I adore old wooden ones. In Malta, I also found many nice windows and doors.
p.s. I guess, I’m not the only one who sees a face in today’s picture. 😉
The movie “Popeye” from 1980 was made in Malta. To that purpose, the Sweethaven Village (Popeye Village) was built there. Currently, the film set is an attraction fun park. I haven’t been inside, just saw it from the other side, and it looked lovely (together with turquoise water). All wooden, colorful buildings are so picturesque – a perfect location.
Marsaxlokk is a picturesque Maltese fishing village with a bit complicated name. 😉
I’ve already showed you a few pictures from Marsaxlokk, you’ll find them in posts from 1st , 8th, 11th and 12th of August 2017.
If it’s possible, visit Marsaxlokk on Sunday, explore narrow streets, enjoy the coast and go to the fish market. 🙂
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.)