OTHER PLACES in MALTA


Maltese fisherman THE THREE CITIES

Across the Grand Harbor, to the south of Valletta, are the historic fortified towns of Vittoriosa, Cospicua and Senglea, commonly referred to as the three cities or Cottonera.



THE HYPOGEUM (Circa 2400 B.C.) - Paola

This is an ancient underground monument, 13.2 yards below street level. It consists of a system of caves, passages and cubicles cut into the stone, similar to the interiors of megalithic temples.


Megalithic Temples MEGALITHIC MONUMENTS - Tarxien

The remains of numerous temples erected in the Fourth and Third Millennium B.C. are unique in the world. Stone idols, animal representations carved in relief, stone tablets, altars and screens decorated with spirals and other patterns, fire places, ornamented niches and oracular chambers enhance the attraction of these magnificent sanctuaries.


GHAR DALAM (Cave and Museum) Birzebbuga

This cave is a veritable depository of semifossilized remains and extinct species such as dwarf elephants and hippopotami which roamed the island some 250,000 years ago, ostensibly when it was still part of the Africa land mass.


Blue Grotto BLUE GROTTO - Wied iz-Zurrieq

This picturesque grotto and neighboring sea caves mirror the brilliant phosphorescent colors of underwater flora.


MARSAXLOKK

The Turkish forces invaded Malta in 1565 from the shores of this village. In 1798, the Knights surrendered to Napoleon's troops who also landed here. In this harbor lies the largest fishing fleet of the island.


GHAR HASAN - HAL FAR

A vast cave with a large window in the cliffface rising perpendicularly out of the water.


Mdina MDINA

Mdina, the old capital of Malta, is a typical medieval town situated in the center of the island. The "Silent City", as it is known, commands a magnificent view of the island and although it is fully inhabited, silence reigns supreme.


RABAT

Frieze (Roman)


ATTARD


Mosta Dome MOSTA

MOSTA DOME

The parish church of Mosta was designed by the Maltese architect Giorgio Grognet de Vasse. The first stone was laid in 1833. lt contains several paintings by local artists and has one of the largest unsupported domes in the World.


SLIEMA - ST. JULIAN'S - PACEVILLE

Sliema (with neighboring St. Julian's / St. George's area) is the largest and most modern town in Malta, - a fashionable residential area nd a noted resort. It has a 4.8 mile (7.7 km) long seaside promenade which is one of the most frequented spots on the island. It offers an important and lively shopping center with cafes and restaurants, the largest group of hotels in Malta, a number of night-spots, including the palatial Casino, popular beaches and bathing establishments with facilities for water sports.




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