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MALTA
Holidays and Sightseeing

Basic information
Official languageMaltees, Engels
CapitalValletta
Area316 kmĀ²
Population433,095  (2019)
Currencyeuro  (EUR)
Web.mt
Code.MLT
Tel.+356

Cities in MALTA

Valletta

Holidays and Sightseeing

Malta beachPhoto:Karelj Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported no changes made

Tourism is very important to the Maltese economy and is strongly promoted by the government. The tourists mainly come from England and Germany. Malta does not want to get as many tourists on the island at all costs. The average mass tourist does not generate much money in comparison. That is why, for example, more and more expensive hotels are being built that are only affordable for the wealthier tourist.

Valetta, maltaPhoto:Public domain

Malta's capital, Valletta, is more popularly known as Il-Belt (The City). Since 1980, the old core of the Maltese capital has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Valletta has many churches, of which the Church of Our Lady of Victory is probably the best known. This was the first building built in Valletta by the Knights of Malta between 1573 and 1578. Valletta not only has many churches, you also see many palaces. The Palace of the Grand Master is one of them. Currently the House of Representatives of Malta is located in this palace. It is built around two courtyards. A statue of Neptune can be found in one of these courtyards. The palace has two entrances at the front and one entrance from Piazza Regina. The palace contains frescoes by Matteo Perez d'Aleccio (pupil of none other than Michelangelo). Read more on the Valetta page of Landenweb.

Ggantija Megalithic Temples at Gozio, MaltaPhoto:Bs0u10e01 Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International no changes made

Malta's prehistoric temples are unique around the world. They are the oldest stone structures from ancient times. The temples were built in 4000 - 2500 BC. They are older than Stonehenge, older than the pyramids. Their architecture is beautiful and inspiring, the size impressive but on a human scale. They have been excellently preserved. For a long time they were invisible because they were covered with soil. The temples were rediscovered and restored by European and Maltese archaeologists in the early 19th century. Due to their uniqueness and beauty, the main temple complexes have been included as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Sources

Boulton, S. / Malta
Kosmos

Cutajar, D. / Malta en Gozo
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Encarta Encyclopedie

Leeuwen, G. van / Malta
ANWB

Strijbos, E. / Malta en Gozo
Gottmer

CIA - World Factbook

BBC - Country Profiles Minbuza

Last updated September 2021
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