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Archaeological Sites in Malta

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The islands of Malta have a higher density of UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other nation-state—and many of them can be found in the capital city of Valletta, which is being heralded as the European Capital of Culture for 2018. Whether built for ceremonial purposes during Neolithic times or to stave off military invasions in World War II, these sites provide remarkable displays of preserved history.
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Triq Hagar Qim, Il-Qrendi QRD 2501, Malta
Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, these two Stonehenge-like structures date back to 3600-3200 BC, but were only excavated in 1839. Both are accessed via the same visitor center, where for 10 you’ll get a ticket and a comprehensive (and...
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Hal-Bajjada, Ir-Rabat, Malta
Located on the outskirts of Mdina in Rabat, these sites pay homage to the great Apostle Paul himself who along with 274 others were shipwrecked just off Malta around 60AD on their way to Rome. Legend has it that the survivors took refuge in a...
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Fort Rikasoli, St. Rocco Street, Il-Kalkara KKR 9062, Malta
Built by the Knights of Malta in the late 16th century to protect the harbor from land and naval attacks, this largely intact fort is now closed to the public and only used by the Malta Film Commission for period films such as Troy and Gladiator,...
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Valletta, Malta
Despite its origin in the late Middle Ages, Fort St. Elmo was named such in 1850 as an old British army barracks. It also played an important role against the Italians in the Second World War, making it the perfect destination to house the...
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Gozo, Malta
Dating back to Neolithic times when the island of Gozo was independent from Malta, this fortified Citadel sitting above the current capital of Victoria used to be the center of life on the island. After centuries of harassment by the Turks and...
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Mdina, Malta
This fortified city was once the capital before the arrival of the Order of St. John, after which it remained an important—but quiet—noble presence, hence gaining the nickname the “Silent City.” Architecturally, the...
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These are the oldest and the most impressive of the megalithic temples in the Maltese islands. Built during the Neolithic period, the ruins are more than 5,500 years old, predating Stonehenge and even the pyramids of Egypt. It is the coralline...
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Triq Ic Cimiterju, Raħal Ġdid PLA 1116, Malta
This multi-level, underground burial complex that dates back to 4,000 B.C.E. is one of the country’s most unique. What makes this burial site different from all other burial sites? While being excavated in 1902, archeologists found red ochre...