Malta has been at the crossroads of the Mediterranean cultures for about seven thousands years, and has some of the most spectacular archaeological and historical sites in Europe resulting from a fascinating and complex past. The density of sites here is said to be greater than anywhere else in the World. This amazing and unique heritage together with an agreeable climate makes Malta a popular destination for culturally inspired travellers.
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Use the interactive map to find archaeology and history sites and museums, landmarks and memorials and other historical points of interest. The map allows you to search for places of historical interest near you within a specified radius, or by keyword according to your interests. Although the map displays best on desktops and laptops, it can also be used on mobile devices – particularly to find sites and museums near your present location.
The popular Mediterranean islands of Malta and Gozo are well known for their megalithic temples. Dating to the 4th and 3rd millennia, these prehistoric structures are some of humanities oldest free-standing buildings in the world. Although there are similarities among the 30 or so known temple complexes, each has their own unique plan and arrangement. Besides a striking and skilled structure, they also have distinctive decoration.
In 1881, quite by chance, the remains of a Roman town house were discovered just beyond the Medieval walls of Mdina. The spectacular polychrome mosaic floors and the artefacts recovered during excavations indicate the domus belonged to a rich aristocrat. At the centre of the house is a peristyle courtyard, with a mosaic floor. This mosaic and the mosaic floors of two adjacent rooms are well preserved, and have been left on display in situ … More Information
St. Paul’s Catacombs are the largest and most impressive of all the underground Roman cemeteries in Malta. The first burial dates to the third century BC, and the tombs continued to be used until the 4th century AD. The underground cemetery was beyond the walls of the Roman capital of Melite, present day Mdina; the Romans did not bury the dead within the city walls. While these catacombs might nothing like the scale of the underground tombs and cemeteries you can visit in Rome, they nonetheless represent the earliest and most significant archaeological evidence for Christianity in Malta … More Information
At the heart of modern-day Victoria, also called Rabat, and observable for miles around on the island of Gozo is the Citadel – a Medieval walled city. Beneath the imposing fortifications is a flat-topped hill has provided a natural vantage point for people since at least the Bronze Age. The strategic location also attracted the Phoenicians, but it was the Romans who first laid out a fortified city on the hill top. The impressive walls and bastions we see today are, however, much later in date. The northern walls are an original 15th century build, while the southern stretch were reconstructed during the reign of the Order of St John in their attempts to defend the town against the Turks … More Information
In the centre of the Maltese capital of Valletta, is the ‘Auberge de Provence’. Built in 1571 for the Knights of the Order of St John, this is one of the finest examples of baroque architecture in the city. Originally, the ‘auberge’ occupied the entire block and included stables and even a bakery. The idea was that in the even of a siege, the Knights would be self sufficient. The museum opened to the public in 1958. Currently the museum has permanent displays for the Neolithic, Bronze Age and the Phoenician period, with galleries for the Punic period and the Roman and Byzantine era in the pipeline … More Information
Housed in one of the few remaining townhouses from the seventeenth century within the Medieval Citadel is the island’s archaeology museum. Although the museum was opened in 1960 – the first public museum in Gozo, since 1986 it has been entirely dedicated to the prehistoric, classical and Medieval periods of the islands of Gozo and Comino. With artefacts from a range of sites on both Gozo and Comino, the displays focus on such topics as religion and burial, art and technology, and food and daily life over a timespan of about 5,000 years … More Information