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Around the island and Valletta: History from Megalithic to Medieval Ages

The island of Malta is full of history, ranging from megalithic temples (since 3600 BC) to medieval jewels. Ħaġar Qim, Mnajdra, Marsaxlokk, Senglea, Vittoriosa (Birgu), and Valletta of course, each one with its distinctive charms, make up Malta's Magic.

Forgot something? Yes, Mdina. This is a chapter itself in Maltese history. So is it in my photo galleries on Malta.
Sky view
Sky view
Overlooking the eastern part
Overlooking the eastern part
The Mosta Dome
The Mosta Dome
t4%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f91773298.5fu4JvS7.jpg t4%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f91773299.mgfCUvKe.jpg Dome analogy
Dome analogy
Grotto of St Paul in Rabat
Grotto of St Paul in Rabat
Peeping to the Dingli Cliffs
Peeping to the Dingli Cliffs
A leg on the Blue Grotto
A leg on the Blue Grotto
Ħaġar Qim temple...
Ħaġar Qim temple...
...a megalithic monument since 3600 BC.
...a megalithic monument since 3600 BC.
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A phallic symbol?
A phallic symbol?
t4%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f91773308.xNkX15b4.jpg Mnajdra temple, just five minutes walk away
Mnajdra temple, just five minutes walk away
t4%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f91773310.clmdBvRI.jpg t4%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f91773311.HF0iJn6a.jpg Marsaxlokk fishing village...
Marsaxlokk fishing village...
...with a harbour packed with luzzu, the traditional fishing boats.
...with a harbour packed with luzzu, the traditional fishing boats.
t4%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f91773314.NkGEdOcY.jpg Who said boats don't have a face?
Who said boats don't have a face?
Filigree craftswomanship
Filigree craftswomanship
Mastering the glass
Mastering the glass
A typical three-hundred-years old Maltese house...
A typical three-hundred-years old Maltese house...
...with its atrium...
...with its atrium...
...a cave-like dining room...
...a cave-like dining room...
...all nicely decorated.
...all nicely decorated.
Stop over the Marsa shipyards
Stop over the Marsa shipyards
Senglea, one of the Three Cities
Senglea, one of the Three Cities
The Vittoriosa marina
The Vittoriosa marina
t4%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f91773377.6zmg8YxI.jpg 1722 AD
1722 AD
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t4%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f91773380.BzATmJ1z.jpg Vittoriosa (Birgu) celebrates
Vittoriosa (Birgu) celebrates
Not the nicest view for the doggie
Not the nicest view for the doggie
t4%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f91773383.NHBlX0J2.jpg In the narrow streets of Vittoriosa
In the narrow streets of Vittoriosa
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Vittoriosa main square
Vittoriosa main square
All Maltese to me
All Maltese to me
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t4%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f91773392.TrLqhQJ0.jpg Maritime Museum
Maritime Museum
The suspended step
The suspended step
A Senglea view from Vittoriosa opposite
A Senglea view from Vittoriosa opposite
Sea shortcut to Valletta
Sea shortcut to Valletta
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Valletta East
Valletta East
Valletta West
Valletta West
Not all buildings restored...
Not all buildings restored...
...in the Valletta Waterfront.
...in the Valletta Waterfront.
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Valletta City Gate
Valletta City Gate
Republic Street, the main axis
Republic Street, the main axis
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Republic Square
Republic Square
t4%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f91773833.RsKy7lPp.jpg Greek motto on a Maltese educational institution
Greek motto on a Maltese educational institution
t4%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f91773835.Hf8Ra2VT.jpg t4%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f91773836.6DBs6Iyo.jpg San Ġorġ Preca, the first Maltese Saint
San Ġorġ Preca, the first Maltese Saint
The Grandmaster's Palace
The Grandmaster's Palace
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The inside yard
The inside yard
t4%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f91774224.B2TUqT3s.jpg The State Apartments
The State Apartments
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Insignia
Insignia
The Armoury Corridor
The Armoury Corridor
t4%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f91774231.UCAH2F8h.jpg
t4%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f91774232.FuoFOolG.jpg t4%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f91774233.AOJ3WZsk.jpg Tight chest...
Tight chest...
...strong shoulders.
...strong shoulders.
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t4%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f91774238.J35YLCgf.jpg t4%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f91774239.KgjOq5ek.jpg Northwestern corner
Northwestern corner
St John's Co-Cathedral...
St John's Co-Cathedral...
...one of the most impressive churches in the world.
...one of the most impressive churches in the world.
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t4%2f70%2f28570%2f4%2f91774313.sVwOx1va.jpg Beheading of St John the Baptist - c 1608 by Caravaggio
Beheading of St John the Baptist - c 1608 by Caravaggio
Strolling at the Lower Barrakka Gardens
Strolling at the Lower Barrakka Gardens
St Christopher's Bastion
St Christopher's Bastion
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The Three Cities as viewed from the Upper Barrakka Gardens
The Three Cities as viewed from the Upper Barrakka Gardens
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Auberge de Castille...
Auberge de Castille...
...quite large for a Prime Minister's Office.
...quite large for a Prime Minister's Office.
The Triton Fountain
The Triton Fountain