Discovering Malta’s heritage: 5 historic sites to explore

Bored of summer already? Time to make like a tourist and rediscover Malta’s treasures.
The priceless marble floor at St John’s Co-Cathedral.

We’re surrounded by thousands of years of history, yet it seems like we may take our heritage for granted. If you’re looking to get out there and learn more about our ancestry and where we Maltesers come from, here are some must-see historic sites around the Maltese islands.

1. St John’s Co-Cathedral

One of Malta’s most iconic historic sites, St John’s Co-Cathedral offers a passage back in time through its Baroque style and Caravaggio paintings. Immerse yourself into the era of the Knights of St John as you admire the architecture and stunning fine art pieces of their time. And don’t forget – no stilettos allowed.

2. Ġgantija Temples

Catch the ferry and enjoy the antiquity of the Ġgantija Temples. This UNESCO World Heritage site dates back to somewhere between 3600 and 3200 B.C. and marks one of the most significant archaeological sites in Malta. 

3. Grandmaster’s Palace

Walk through the 16th Century building as you take in the island’s political history. Stand in awe as you witness the beauty of The Palace’s stunning hallways and Throne Room. Check out the Palace Armoury to see weapons that belonged to the Knights of Malta.

4. Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum

This ancient underground burial site is yet another UNESCO World Heritage spot. These rock-cut chambers date back to at least 4000 B.C. Remember that only 10 people can visit at one time, so it’s wise to pre-book your slot. A must-see!

5. The National Museum of Archaeology

If you’re more of a traditional museum person, then The National Museum of Archaeology is the place to be. Go on a historical journey with artefacts dating back to 5200 B.C. in the forms of pottery, sculptures, and elements from Ħagar Qim and Tarxien Temples.

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