Visiting a new country means having fun and relaxing with your friends and family while you explore the local culture, traditions and history. Moreover, in the case of Malta, you will step into a place with 7000 years of history which is reflected in the island’s national architecture.
History is very well presented in many museums around Malta. Whether you visit the War Museum (Valletta), The Grandmaster’s Palace (Valletta), The Mosta Dome (Mosta), The St. John’s Co-Cathedral (Valletta), or the Inquisitor’s Palace (Vittoriosa), you will definitely have a better picture of Malta’s history. But before you go and discover Malta’s rich history in one of the numerous museums, did you know that?…
- The Great Siege in 1565 was won by the Knights of Malta against the Ottoman Empire and it marks a very important moment in the Maltese history
- between July and October 1940, there were more bombs dropped on Malta and Gozo than on the whole of the United Kingdom
- Malta was the most heavily bombed place on earth
- The Mosta Dome is the fourth largest unsupported dome in the world. On April 9, 1942, when over 300 people were attending evening mass, a 50 kg bomb fell inside the dome. Because it did not explode, the event is now known as “The Bomb Miracle”
- The Maltese Islands experienced one of the most difficult times in their history during the Second World War
- The George Cross was awarded to Malta on 15 April 1942, to honour the brave people who served their country during World War II
- at least 1700 tons of bombs were dropped on Malta and approximately 6000 house and buildings were destroyed during the war
These are a few facts that marked the history of Malta. Although it is a small group of islands, its history is extensive. Malta gained its political independence from the United Kingdom on September 21st, 1964. Ten years later, on December 13th, 1974, Malta became a republic.
Malta’s strategic geographical position was of significant importance as a naval base and an interesting attraction for foreign powers seeking to extend their geographical territories and influence- starting from the Phoenicians and ending with the British.