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The Limestone Walls of Malta

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A November 2010 trip to Malta by Liam Hetherington

Megalithic Temples of Malta Photo, Malta, Europe More Photos
Quote: Malta is an island of stone thrusting up from the heart of the wide blue Mediterranean. My abiding memory of Malta will be of it being an island of walls...

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Walls Photo, Malta, Europe
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One of my abiding memories of Malta will be of it as an island of walls.The walls are everywhere, though in slightly different guises. They could be the ancient weathered remains of the megalithic temples that dot the country, the oldest free-standing structures in the world. They could be the mighty bastions of Valletta and the Three Cities surrounding the Grand Harbour, towering ramparts and impregnable fortifications hiding the civilis...Read More

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Valletta (General)

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Feed The Birds Photo, Valletta, Malta
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Upon its foundation in 1566 the new city was given its name: Humilissima Civitas Valletta, "the Most Humble City of Valletta". From the very beginning however the name was flawed. It was never imagined to be humble. For starters, it took the name of one man, Jean Parisot de la Vallette. De la Vallette, a French nobleman, was Grand Master of the Military Order of the Knights of St John, a brotherhood of Catholic knights who ruled the islands of Malta and Gozo. He had led the knights in fierce resistance the previous year during the four-month Great Siege of Malta when they found themselves vastly outnumbered by an Ottoman invasion force (30,000 Turks against 700 knights and 8,000 local Ma...Read More

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Megalithic Temples of Malta

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Attraction | "Atmospheric and Mysterious Megalithic Temples"

Megalithic Temples of Malta Photo, Malta, Europe
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Malta is not widely thought of as being in the premier league of Mediterranean civilisations unlike, say, the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. The islands have no Sphinx or pathenon or colisseum. However what the islands do have are the oldest free-standing structures in the world. A little-known temple-building culture called Malta home between 3600 and 2500 BC. These people were constructing temples here a millennium before the Cheops built his pyramid at Giza....Read More

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Megalithic Temples of Malta
2km Southwest Of Qrendi
Valletta, Malta

Megalithic Temples of Malta

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Attraction | "A Temple in a Town"

Megalithic Temples of Malta Photo, Malta, Europe
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One of Malta’s megalithic temples stands a five minute walk away from the mysterious Hypogeum. The Tarxien Temple is the most recently constructed (dating from around 2800BC) of the Maltese temples, and has a higher number of decorative features – carved spirals, stippled stonework, a slab depicting oxen and pigs, and the lower half of a statue of an obese female figure. It was also lost for longer than the other temples and only excavated in the early 20th century. Yet I did not find it as engaging as the temples of ...Read More

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Megalithic Temples of Malta
2km Southwest Of Qrendi
Valletta, Malta

Hal Saflieni Hypogeum

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Attraction | "Down Among the Dead Men"

Hal Saflieni Hypogeum Photo, Paola, Malta
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If the megalithic temples of Malta leave the visitor with more questions than answers then a trip to the spookily atmospheric Hypogeum of Hal-Saflieni really will leave you baffled. It is such a bizarre construction.What is a ‘hypogeum’? Basically it just means something underground. Malta’s Hypogeum was a gigantic burial site. A cave seems to have been used to shelter the remains of the deceased temple-builder culture. As time passed the cave was excavated backwards, and then down. Chambers and passages were dug out of the soft rock, spiralling down to accommodate yet more of the dead. What is known is that the complex is very old – say 5,000 years old – and were in use for ...Read More

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Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
Burial Street
Paola, Malta
(356) 21805018

Marsaxlokk Fishing Village

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Attraction | "Malta's Quintessential Photogenic Fishing Village"

Marsaxlokk Fishing Village Photo, Marsaxlokk, Malta
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Marsaxlokk is a small town on the shores of a wide bay down in the south-east of Malta. It is one the tourist map for being the archetypal Maltese fishing village. Its harbour is full of traditional luzzu fishing boats, painted gaily in blues and yellows and with their high prows embalzoned with an Egyptian-style eye. This is the Eye of Osiris and is meant to ward off trouble – another fascinating cross-cultural relic of Malta’s position at the cross-roads of the Mediterranean. The fishermen still go our to haul in their daily catch, a lot of which ends up at the many seafood restaurants lining the seafront or gets sold at the fish market. Despite its tourist potential Marsaxlokk still h...Read More

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Marsaxlokk Fishing Village

Marsaxlokk , Malta