#26 best destination in the world

 

Mdina Old City

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  • Fortified city which served as the island’s capital from antiquity to the medieval period
  • Mdina remained the centre of the Maltese nobility and religious authorities (and property continues to largely be passed down from families and from generation to generation), but it never regained its pre-1530 importance, giving rise to the popular nickname the “Silent City”

 

St. John’s Co-Cathedral

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  • Roman Catholic co-cathedral dedicated to Saint John the Baptist
  • Built by the between 1572 and 1577
  • In the 17th century, its interior was redecorated in the Baroque style
  • The interior of the church is considered to be one of the finest examples of high Baroque architecture in Europe

 

Spoonman’s Shop

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  • Local artists gallery that consists of woodwork, paintings, ceramics and small handmade souvenirs, as well as neolithic pottery replicas

 

Fort Rinella

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  • Victorian battery that contains one of two surviving Armstrong 100-ton guns
  • The British built the battery between 1878 and 1886

 

Casa Bernard

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  • Grand 16th century palazzo featuring an elegant interior and guided tours of the house and garden

 

Popeye Village

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  • Film set from the 1980 musical ‘Popeye’, now a theme park village with boat rides & food outlets

 

Mnajdra

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  • Megalithic temple complex built around 3600 BC
  • The Megalithic Temples of Malta are among the most ancient religious sites on Earth

 

Maltese Catacomb Complexes

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  • From the 3rd to the 6th centuries CE, the Roman city of Melite developed a system of burial grounds on its outskirts, under the modern town of Rabat
  • The catacombs were abandoned sometime in the 7th century during the later stages of the Byzantine Empire
  • Later, the catacombs became a popular site for religious pilgrimages in the 12th century

 

Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum

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  • Neolithic subterranean structure dating from 3300 – 3000 BC
  • Thought to have been a sanctuary and necropolis, with the remains of more than 7,000 individuals documented by archeologists, and is among the best preserved examples of the Maltese temple building culture

 

Ġgantija

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  • Megalithic temple complex from the Neolithic
  • One of the oldest buildings in the world
  • The Ġgantija temples are the earliest of the Megalithic Temples of Malta and are older than the pyramids of Egypt
  • Their makers erected the two Ġgantija temples during the Neolithic (3600–2500 BC), which makes these temples more than 5500 years old and the world’s second oldest existing manmade religious structures after Göbekli Tepe in present-day Turkey
  • The temples are elements of a ceremonial site in a fertility rite

 

Tarxien Temples

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  • Temple site from 3250 BC, that contains rich and intricate stonework, which includes depictions of domestic animals carved in relief, altars, and screens decorated with spiral designs and other patterns
  • One of the oldest buildings in the world
  • Excavation of the site reveals that it was used extensively for rituals, which probably involved animal sacrifice
  • Especially interesting is that Tarxien provides rare insight into how the megaliths were constructed: stone rollers were left outside the South temple
  • Rediscovered in 1914 by local farmers ploughing a field

 


 

Costs

Number of Days: 14 days

Best Time To Fly: April-June

Airline tickets: $1,225

Seattle -> Malta (round trip) = $1,225

Food: $50/day x 14 days = $700

Rental car: $518

$40/day x 13 days = $518

Gas: $3

Entertainment: $162

Airbnb: $83/day x 12 days = $990

TOTAL: $3,598