Malta Historic Sites

With its strategic position in the centre of the Mediterranean, Malta has an incredibly colourful past. It is today a magnet for history buffs as well as visitors willing to learn the story behind such suggestive buildings and locations.

Arabs, Knights, French and English have all laid claim to the Maltese islands over the past centuries and have all left a significant mark on the culture and geography of Malta and its people... as did the in no small way the Roman Catholic church. The most evocative legacy is certainly that left by the Knights of St John with the medieval built towns of Valletta, Mdina and the Three Cities. However, churches, palazzos, theatres, gardens, war rooms and many other historical buildings built in later years are also today still standing as witnesses to Malta's chequered history. The past decade or so has seen a strong resurgence of awareness and pride in the Maltese to preserve these historical gems and it must be said that a very good job is being done by both the public and private sector to restoreand promotethese priceless treasures in Malta and Gozo.

The Wignacourt Museum

The Wignacourt Museum Rabat, Mdina and Rabat area

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The Wignacourt Museum is a historical gem situated adjacent to Rabat's Parish Church of St Paul. The original building was commissioned as a baroque residence of the Chaplains of the Knights of Malta

Teatru Manoel

Teatru Manoel Valletta-City, Valletta

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Teatru Manoel, built in 1732 by Grand Master Antonio Manoel de Vilhena, and designed to provide Honest Entertainment to the Public, has gone through a lot of changes in its history. Today the Teatru M

Casa Rocca Piccola

Casa Rocca Piccola Valletta-City, Valletta

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Casa Rocca Piccola was built in the late 16th Century for Don Pietro La Rocca, a Knight of Malta and an Admiral of the Order and now it is the family home of the 9th Marquis de Piro. It is possible

Lascaris War Rooms

Lascaris War Rooms Valletta-City, Valletta

The Lascaris War Rooms are a great attraction just a few minutes walk from the centre of Valletta that have been recently and expertly restored by Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna (an NGO entrusted with...

St Johns Co Cathedral

St Johns Co Cathedral Valletta-City, Valletta

While its stark facade does nothing to indicate what artistic treasures lie within, the moment you step inside this divine monument you will quickly understand why this is the Crown Jewel of Valletta.

The Old Prison

The Old Prison Victoria---Rabat, Gozo

The Old Prison was in use from the mid-16th century until the beginning of the 20th century. It is situated in Gozo's Citadel, overlooking Cathedral Square and adjacent to the Courts of Justice, to..

Mosta Rotunda Church

Mosta Rotunda Church Mosta, Central Malta

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The Mosta Rotunda is the Parish Church of Mosta and dedicated to the Assumption of our Lady. It is without a doubt one of the most recognisable and photographed landmarks in Malta.

Inquisitor's Palace

Inquisitor's Palace Birgu---Vittoriosa, The Three Cities

Located in the historic town of Birgu (Vittoriosa), the Inquisitor's Palace is one of the very few surviving examples of a style of palace found all over Europe and South America in the early modern..

The Saluting Battery

The Saluting Battery Valletta-City, Valletta

The Saluting Battery is one of Malta's most popular attractions where history is brought to life daily. A noon-day gun is still operated daily at this site to mark the passage of mid-day as done for..

Fort Rinella

Fort Rinella Kalkara, Southern Malta

Fort Rinella is Malta's only historic fort open to the public and the liveliest visitor attraction around. It was built by the British in the late 19th century to house the monstrous Armstrong...


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