Not many regions in the world carry a much larger historical significance than the Mediterranean. Malta, located in pretty much the centre of the Mediterranean Sea, has always been a geographically and strategically important spot that attracted the attention of major powers. Best known for being the hub of the Knights Hospitaller, over time, Malta has amassed a wealthy cultural heritage and plenty of historical sights are waiting for your visit. Let’s look at some sights that you can visit by just hopping on a cab in Malta and travelling around!
St. John’s Co-Cathedral
As probably the most popular sight in all of Malta, the most amazing example of baroque-style architecture in Malta has been built in the latter part of the 16th century. With over 11 thousand reviews on TripAdvisor, it’s definitely at the top of most, if not all must-see-in-Malta lists. The co-cathedral houses unique art pieces from the legendary Carvaggio as well many different pieces that could make you go “Ooh” and “Aah” many times over.
Mdina’s Old town
For the longest of times, Mdina was known as the city of Nobles or Citta Notabile. The fortified town is confined and very remote from the outside world with a very tiny population, but due to being connected with the town of Rabat, Mdina offers everyone access to its many unique historical sights. You can see the Main Gate, Santa Sofia’s and Vilhena Palazzo’s as well as the main Cathedral. It’s a very unique spot where you can see how Maltese rich and famous of those times lived.
If you want to see something that’s more than 5,000 years old and completely authentic to Malta, go visit Hagar Qim. Believed to be a temple complex, and one of the oldest religious sites in the world, Hagar Qim has had praise from locals, tourists and lovers of ancient architecture alike. Even though it has had some difficulties coping with the test of time, the limestone construction (with some help from the people of today) has remained, for the most part, intact.
On the island of Gozo and older than the Egyptian pyramids themselves, the Ggantija complex of temples is something worth visiting and beholding. Just as old as Hagar Qim, the Ggantija is enlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is believed to have been a temple and a shrine dedicated to fertility deities of local cults.
Fort St. Angelo
Malta has had its fair share of battles and wars over the years. Especially after the Knight order of St.John’s settled the island, it has been a target for the major world powers. Ottomans, French, Spanish, Britons, Nazis from Germany and Mussolini’s Italians tried to take over it. But thanks to bastions like Fort St. Angelo, Malta has been able to stand on its own and remain largely independent, for most of its history. During the great siege of Malta of 1565, the fort of St.Angelo was the main operation base for the defendants of the island. Now a UNESCO World Heritage sight, the fort opens up to a stunning view of the surrounding urban areas and the sea.
This famous structure was build in the early portion of the 19th century, following the neoclassical designs, popular in that time. Based on the iconic and unforgettable Roman Pantheon in Rome, this parish church is an amazing piece of architecture prowess of both Italian and Maltese builders. Even though it was meant to be destroyed during WW2, the bomb, which targeted the church, didn’t detonate and it stands, to this day!