Malta is a southern European country officially known as the Republic of Malta. It is situated to the North by Libya, to the south of Italy and to the east of Tunisia. The Maltese islands are a former British colony, gaining an independence in September 1964. English and Maltese are the official languages of Malta, with the largest city in the country: Birkirkara.Â
If you intend to live in Malta, you should be aware of all those unknown point of interest about the island:
- The Mosta Dome, a Roman Catholic Church building is the fourth largest unsupported dome in the world. It is located in the heart of the city of Mosta and according to records, it was built between 1833 and the 1860s.
- Note: During World War II, Malta was the most bombarded country in the world. On the 9th of April 1942, the Luftwaffe dropped three bombs on the church with one of them piercing through the dome. The 500kg high explosive bomb entered the church, where a congregation of more than 300 people were awaiting early evening mass. The bomb did not explode and since then it is considered as a miracle by the inhabitants. Â
- Driving is on the left hand side of the road owing to the British influence.
- Along the coastline, there a few sunken World War II ships which make it an exceptional scuba diving destination.
- The initial name of Malta by ancient Greeks and Romans was “Melita” which means island of honey.
- The fishing boats are painted with bright colours and a pair of eyes which act as a protection against the evil spirit. This has been a tradition in Malta since the ancient times of the Phoenicians.
- The Megalithic Temples of Malta are several prehistoric temples, recognized as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Built approximately between 3600 BC and 700 BC on the island of Malta, they have been claimed as the oldest free-standing structures on Earth.
- Valletta has been named after Jean Parisot de la Valette, a Grand Master of the Knights of St John.
- If you were to be asked in an interview, where blockbuster movies such as Gladiator, Game of Thrones and Troy were shot, surprisingly or not Malta is the answer. Â
- Heard of the lost underworld of Atlantis? Malta is believed to be the hidden city of Atlantis.
- The most popular Maltese pastry is called “Pastizzi”. They are filled with local ingredients, but mostly with ricotta cheese and peas. Pastizzis can be found almost around every corner of the Maltese streets.
- Malta was originally connected to Sicily via a land bridge before it broke away.
- Malta’s Grand Harbour boasts of being one of the best natural deep-water harbours in the world.
- In 1980 in Malta a set of films about Popeye was made. The original set is still today intact and serves as one of the most popular tourist attractions on the Malta islands.
- The University of Malta is one of the oldest universities in Europe and was founded in 1592.