Malta And Gozo Discovery

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Run by: Explore

Reference number: MLA

From: £979.00

We visit the capital of Gozo, Victoria with its imposing Cathedral dedicated to Santa Marija which was built on the site of a Roman temple and watches over the quaint remains of the old houses and winding narrow streets. The Citadel houses the Old Prison, which has been in use from the mid-16th century. Its cell walls and corridors are covered with graffiti providing an interesting insight into the lives of those incarcerated there.

Ancient temples
Malta is a fascinating historical museum with a variety of temples and historical attractions. The Ggantija Temples which were excavated from 1816 are the oldest freestanding structures in the world. The complex comprises of two Neolithic temples dating from the third millennium BC (c.3500BC) - 5000 years ago, disputed to be even older than the Giza Pyramids. We also visit the temple of Hagar Qim which was excavated for the first time in 1839 and boasts a decorated pillar altar and two table altars as well as the Mnajdra Temples which were built around the fourth millennium BC and are considered to be one of the most ancient religious sites on Earth. The World Heritage Sites committee described these temples as ""unique architectural masterpieces”.

Valletta & The three cities
Valletta, Malta's capital and a World Heritage site, is nothing short of an open-air museum. It is a living experience of Baroque architecture and a monument donated by the Knights of St John nearly five centuries ago. Dotted with quaint cafés and wine bars, the city has the majestic St John's Cathedral, along with the Grandmasters Palace, Upper Barakka Gardens and Museum of Archaeology. A boat cruise in a typical 'dghajsa' around the creeks gives one a different perspective of the fortifications around the Harbour. We also discover the 'Three cities' of Cospicua, Senglea and Vittoriosa also know as Cottonera. It was in the medieval town of Vittoriosa that the knights decided to settle when they first arrived in Malta in 1530, establishing their headquarters in Fort St Angelo and building their first auberges, arsenal and hospital on the island.

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