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Malta

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, August 16, 2009 at 09:27:23 :: Malta

Malta, officially the Republic of Malta (Maltese: Repubblika ta' Malta), is an archipelago of seven islands situated centrally in the Mediterranean Sea, 93 km off the coast of Sicily (Italy). The islands are 288 km north of Tunisia.

St. Dorothy's convent at Pjazza San Pawl, near St. Paul's Cathedral, Mdina, Malta


Its size is just over 300 km² with an estimated population of over 400,000. Malta's de facto capital is Valletta and the biggest city is Birkirkara. The islands enjoy a Mediterranean climate. The country's official languages are Maltese and English, which replaced Italian in 1934. Malta has a long legacy of Roman Catholicism, which continues to be the official and dominant religion in Malta.

QUIZ

You think you know Malta? Take this little quiz to find out (source funtrivia.com):

Question: Malta is a country in the Mediterranean Sea. Which country is located north of the Maltese Archipelago?

Answer: Italy (Sicily).

Question: How many inhabited islands make up the Republic of Malta?

Answer: 3. The inhabited islands are Malta, Gozo(Ghawdex) and Comino(Kemmuna).

Le Fort Saint-Angelo à Birgu (ou Vittoriosa), sur le Grand Port de Malte


Question: From whom did Malta gain its independence in the second half of the 20th Century?

Answer: The United Kingdom. Malta became a British Colony in 1814. Malta achieved its independence on 21 September 1964.

Question: What is Malta's currency?

Answer: Euro. The official Maltese currency was the Maltese Lira (MTL - lira Maltija) until the end of 2007. On January 1, 2008 the official currency became the Euro.

Question: What is Malta's capital city ?

Answer: Valletta. Named after Jean Parisot de la Valette, founder of the city in 1566.

Question: What are the colours of Malta's national flag?

Answer: White and red.

Question: What is Malta's national airline called?

Answer: AirMalta.

Question: What are the official languages of Malta?

Answer: Maltese and English

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Malta, Hal Saflieni Hypogeum

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, October 01, 2013 at 05:32:29

Location Commune of Paola, Island of Malta, Malta
Coordinates N35 52 16.824 E14 30 26.604
Property 0.13 ha
Date of Inscription 1980

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/130 )

The Hypogeum is an enormous subterranean structure excavated c. 2500 B.C., using cyclopean rigging to lift huge blocks of coralline limestone. Perhaps originally a sanctuary, it became a necropolis in prehistoric times.

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Hal Saflieni Hypogeum

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Malta, Megalithic Temples of Malta

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, August 17, 2009 at 17:12:42

Location Islands of Gozo and Malta
Coordinates N36 02 56.7 E14 16 10.1
Type Cultural
Date of Inscription 1980

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/132 )

Seven megalithic temples are found on the islands of Malta and Gozo, each the result of an individual development. The two temples of Ggantija on the island of Gozo are notable for their gigantic Bronze Age structures. On the island of Malta, the temples of Hagar Qin, Mnajdra and Tarxien are unique architectural masterpieces, given the limited resources available to their builders. The Ta'Hagrat and Skorba complexes show how the tradition of temple-building was handed down in Malta.

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Ggantija Hagar Qim Mnajdra

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Malta, City of Valletta

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, August 17, 2009 at 16:51:20

Location Valletta, Island of Malta, Malta
Coordinates N35 54 02 E14 30 52
Type Cultural
Date of Inscription 1980

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/131 )

The capital of Malta is inextricably linked to the history of the military and charitable Order of St John of Jerusalem. It was ruled successively by the Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and the Order of the Knights of St John. Valletta’s 320 monuments, all within an area of 55 ha, make it one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world.

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Church Of Our Lady, Valletta Downtown Valletta Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Valletta

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