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Fort Rinella (Kalkara)
Ranked #1 of 54 Cultural in Island of Malta
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Category: Military Museums
Owner description: Fort Rinella in Kalkara,was built in 1878. This fort is not only a unique remnant of Malta’s recent British colonial past,... more » Owner description: Fort Rinella in Kalkara,was built in 1878. This fort is not only a unique remnant of Malta’s recent British colonial past, but it is also the world’s first mechanical fort which enabled its small garrison to fire a monstrous 100-ton gun every six minutes. To be able to do this, the fort was equipped with a novel steam-driven hydraulic set-up that enabled the gun to traverse and depress and its ammunition to be hoisted and loaded mechanically. On visiting this fort in 1889, the great French writer Jules Verne described it as a marvel of the industrial age which would render Malta safe for ever. Some say that this is the place from where he got the idea of writing his famous novel a ‘Voyage to the Moon’, where a man is stuffed into a large projectile and fired from a large gun onto the moon!Originally, the 100-ton gun was built by Sir William George Armstrong of Newcastle in 1878, to equip a new class of Italian battleships - the Duilio class. This caused a serious stir between Britain and Italy which led to the former to obtain examples of the same gun to secure Malta and Gibraltar against a potential Italian seaborne attack.The Armstrong 100-ton gun has a calibre of 17.72-inches (45cm). It is 35 feet long and has an overall weight of 156 tons making it the world’s largest muzzle-loading cannon ever built. It used a quarter of a ton of gun powder to propel its monster shells up to a maximum range of eight miles. At that range it could pierce anything up to 21-inches of ship armour! The gun at Fort Rinella and another at Napier of Magdala Battery in Gibraltar are the sole surving examples today. The fort has recently undergone extensive restoration and improvement. A new 20-minute audio-visual outlining the history of the fort and its gun has also been added and is included in all guided tours.RE-Live History at Fort Rinella - Every afternoon from Tuesday to Sunday!Throughout the year, from Tuesday to Sunday at 14.30hrs sharp, Fort Rinella is brought back to life complete with late 19th century Victorian soldiers who will take visitors on an animated tour around the fort. This tour combines excellent guiding with live and colourful historical re-enactingincluding military signalling, firing of rifles, bayonet practice, military cooking and more. Much use of original period equipment and weapons is made throughout this tour. All this goes to provide an enjoyable and long lasting experience to visitors. « less
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Ranked #2 of 54 Cultural in Island of Malta
Category: Historic Walking Areas; Historic Sites

   This old city - the medieval capital  -  perched on the top of a plateau  is well worth a visit.  It is one of Europe's finest examples of an ancient walled city.  If you go... more »

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Ranked #3 of 54 Cultural in Island of Malta
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Category: Religious Sites; Architectural Buildings; Historic Sites; Churches/ Cathedrals

St John`s  Co-Cathedral is a unique monument of international importance and is a gem of Baroque art.  Its rich historic  and artistic heritage is due to the fact that it was the... more »

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Ranked #4 of 54 Cultural in Island of Malta
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Category: Historic Sites
Owner description: If you fancy seeing something a little bit different when visiting Valletta from the usual run of museums why not make it a... more » Owner description: If you fancy seeing something a little bit different when visiting Valletta from the usual run of museums why not make it a point to go and see Casa Rocca Piccola. Often described as a ‘living museum’ Casa Rocca Piccola is the only privately owned palace open to the public in Valletta and has a fascinating variety of different things to see.Originally built in the 16th Century for Don Pietro La Rocca, a Knight of Malta, it is now the family ancestral home of the 9th Marquis de Piro and his family. On your visit you will be able to walk through twelve palatial rooms including the two Dining Rooms, (one for the summer and one for the winter!) as well as the Four Poster Bedroom, a private Family Chapel and an Archive room housing family documents of the de Piro family going back to the 17th Century.Guides will point out the interesting things to see such as an 18th Century golden Sedan Chair which was once carried around Valletta by Turkish slaves and the glass tumblers used to hold ice which had to be rowed all the way from Mount Etna in Sicily! There are literally hundreds of magnificent objects to see including modern paintings interspersed with the ancestral portraits of the Marquises de Piro and the Barons of Budach.Lastly but not least as part of your guided tour you will see a network of tunnels cut out from the rock under the house which were used as Bomb Shelters in World War 2. Over 100 people could be sheltered here from the Nazi bombs that poured on Valletta.There is a delightful souvenir shop in the Carriage Room of the house and a cosy Sicilian restaurant in the old kitchens. « less
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Ranked #5 of 54 Cultural in Island of Malta
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Category: Religious Sites; Historic Sites

Even if not religious, this is definitely worth a visit.  The interior of the church is  impressive.  It is dedicated to the Assumption of St Mary but is more commonly referred to... more »

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Ranked #6 of 54 Cultural in Island of Malta
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Category: Ancient Ruins; Monuments/ Statues
Owner description: The Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum is an underground prehistoric burial site, a complex made up of interconnecting rock-cut chambers... more » Owner description: The Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum is an underground prehistoric burial site, a complex made up of interconnecting rock-cut chambers set on three distinct levels. Earliest remains at the site date back to about 4000BC, and the complex was used over a span of many centuries, up to c. 2500 BC. The Hypogeum was first opened to the public in 1908. Due to its uniqueness, the site became very popular with visitors. Unfortunately, this had a negative impact on the delicate microclimate of the site. For this reason, a conservation project was conducted that also included the closure of the site for 10 years between 1990 and 2000. As a result of these studies, a new visiting system was established. Nowadays, only 10 visitors an hour are now allowed inside the Hypogeum for a maximum of 8 tours a day. This system is also complemented by an environmental control system which keeps temperature and humidity at required levels.Tickets for the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum should be bought well ahead of the chosen visiting date since tours are often fully booked weeks in advance.For more information visit Heritage Malta's website. « less
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Ranked #7 of 54 Cultural in Island of Malta
Category: Ancient Ruins
Owner description: Mnajdra Temples, holder of the UNESCO World Heritage Site status, is found in an isolated position on a rugged stretch of... more » Owner description: Mnajdra Temples, holder of the UNESCO World Heritage Site status, is found in an isolated position on a rugged stretch of Malta’s southern coast overlooking the isle of Fifla. It is approximately 500m away from Ħaġar Qim Temples. It consists of three buildings facing a common oval forecourt. The first and oldest structure dates to the Ġgantija phase. The second structure to be built was the South Temple, constructed in the early Tarxien phase. The Central Temple, inserted between the other two, was the last to be built. Remains to the north-east and south of these buildings indicate that these three structures are only the best preserved of a larger complex.In order to reduce the irreversible damage caused by deterioration and structural problems that the temples were facing due to their continuous exposure to the elements, these temples are nowadays sheltered. Rain, sea salt spray and dust, fluctuations in temperature and relative humidity, solar radiation, sulphur oxide and nitrous oxide pollution, and volcanic emissions, as well as biological organisms, are some of those elements from which these precious Megalithic structures necessitated long-term protection. Today the temples are experiencing a dramatic reduction in the progressive deterioration of these world heritage monuments by natural agents as a result of the installed shelters. « less
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Ranked #8 of 54 Cultural in Island of Malta
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Category: Historic Sites
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Ranked #9 of 54 Cultural in Island of Malta
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Category: Religious Sites; Historic Sites
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Casa Bernard (Rabat)
Ranked #10 of 54 Cultural in Island of Malta
Category: Castles
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Ranked #11 of 54 Cultural in Island of Malta
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Category: Churches/ Cathedrals
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Spinola Bay (Saint Julian's)
Ranked #12 of 54 Cultural in Island of Malta
Category: Neighborhoods
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Hagar Qim (Qrendi)
Ranked #13 of 54 Cultural in Island of Malta
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Category: Ancient Ruins; Islands
Owner description: The prehistoric site of Ħaġar Qim consists of a group of monumental megalithic buildings. These were built during the late... more » Owner description: The prehistoric site of Ħaġar Qim consists of a group of monumental megalithic buildings. These were built during the late Neolithic, around 5,000 years ago. The largest megalith used in any of the Maltese ‘temples’, measuring up to 6.4 metres, is located within this temple.Today these buildings are usually called “temples” however we know very little about what went on inside them. The nearest site to Ħaġar Qim is that of Mnajdra, which is about 500 metres downhill to the west. A fully accessible Visitor’s Centre offers numerous attractions in itself, including an audio-visual hall and interactive displays that assist visitors in understanding the historical and archaeological background of the surrounding megalithic templesShelters, financed by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), have been built over the Ħaġar Qim Temples and the nearby Mnajdra Temples, to protect them from the elements and help preserve them for future generations.Malta’s temples and the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum are designated UNESCO World Heritage sites. « less
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Ranked #14 of 54 Cultural in Island of Malta
Category: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks

Your cruise ship will dock at the Valletta Waterfront - renovated stores dating back hundreds of years. There are restaurants, bars, shops and services. It is an ideal place to... more »

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Ranked #15 of 54 Cultural in Island of Malta
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Mnajdra (Qrendi)
Ranked #16 of 54 Cultural in Island of Malta
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Ranked #17 of 54 Cultural in Island of Malta
Category: Religious Sites
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Ranked #18 of 54 Cultural in Island of Malta
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Ranked #19 of 54 Cultural in Island of Malta
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Category: Religious Sites
Owner description: St.Paul's Catacombs are a typical complex of interconnected, underground Roman cemeteries that were in use up to the 4th... more » Owner description: St.Paul's Catacombs are a typical complex of interconnected, underground Roman cemeteries that were in use up to the 4th century AD. They are located on the outskirts of the old Roman capital Melite (today's Mdina), since Roman law prohibited burials within the city. St Paul's Catacombs represent the earliest and largest archaeological evidence of Christianity in Malta. The site was cleared and investigated in 1894 by Dr A.A. Caruana, the pioneer of Christian era archaeology in Malta. « less
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Ranked #20 of 54 Cultural in Island of Malta
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Ranked #21 of 54 Cultural in Island of Malta
Category: Government Buildings; Castles; Art Museums; Military Museums

The Grand Masters' Palace is the office of the President of Malta and also has the House of Parliament of the government of Malta . There are now plans for  Parliament to move out... more »

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Ranked #22 of 54 Cultural in Island of Malta
Category: Amusement/ Theme Parks; Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Owner description: Popeye Village has grown from its days as a Film Set of the 1980 Musical Production "Popeye" into a unique fun-filled day for... more » Owner description: Popeye Village has grown from its days as a Film Set of the 1980 Musical Production "Popeye" into a unique fun-filled day for all young at heart.You will be greeted by Popeye and his famous friends who will entertain you during the day by their diverse shows. Visitors can enjoy a once in a lifetime filming experience with the animation crew where you can become a movie star for a day. Other attractions include; Santa's toy town, boat ride, water trampolines, sun bathing decks, beach lido (summer only), food outlets, a winery offering a free glass of wine, a free post card given to all adults and a thrilling experience in the new 'Popeye the Comic Museum' enhanced with over 100 original comics dating back to 1936. Your children can also have fun in Malta's largest jump around. Do not miss spending a fun-packed day at this original film set whilst on the Maltese Islands. « less
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Ranked #23 of 54 Cultural in Island of Malta
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Villa Bologna (Attard)
Ranked #24 of 54 Cultural in Island of Malta
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Carmelite Church (Valletta)
Ranked #25 of 54 Cultural in Island of Malta
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Ranked #26 of 54 Cultural in Island of Malta
Category: Historic Sites
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Ranked #27 of 54 Cultural in Island of Malta
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Ranked #28 of 54 Cultural in Island of Malta
Category: Religious Sites; Historic Sites
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Fort St. Elmo (Valletta)
Ranked #29 of 54 Cultural in Island of Malta
Category: Military Museums; Military Bases/ Facilities
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Paceville (Saint Julian's)
Ranked #30 of 54 Cultural in Island of Malta
Category: Neighborhoods

Paceville is the best of both worlds. A beautiful area where you can enjoy the lovely beaches, shopping centres and restaurants during the day and then head off every night to the... more »

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