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  • 1. St. John's co-Cathedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Functional in design but lavishly decorated, the Order of St. John's own church (1578) is Malta's most important treasure. The Knights' colored...Read More

  • 2. Blue Grotto

    Nature Sight

    The turnoff for the Blue Grotto is 1 km (½ mile) beyond the lookout. A steep road takes you to the rocky inlet where noisy boats (€7.50) leave...Read More

  • 3. Casa Rocca Piccola

    Historic Home

    The exquisitely cultured current owners, Nicolas and Frances de Piro d'Amico Inguanez, host tours of the last of the patrician houses still...Read More

  • 4. Catacombs


    Catacombs run under much of Rabat. Up Triq Santa Agatha from Parish Square, the Catacombs of St. Paul are clean of bones but full of carved...Read More

  • 5. Cave

    Nature Sight

    The semifossilized remains of long-extinct species of dwarf elephants and hippopotamuses that roamed the island some 125,000 years ago were...Read More

  • 6. Church of St. Lawrenz

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Below Birgu's main square, the Church of St. Lawrenz is the city's finest church, with the 17th-century painter Mattia Preti's Martyrdom of...Read More

  • 7. Gardjola Gardens


    At the tip of Senglea, Gardjola Gardens, once a guard post, has great views across Grand Harbour to Valletta, and a turret carved with a vigilant...Read More

  • 8. Ghajn Tuffieha Bay


    Malta's prettiest beach, also known as Golden Bay, is also it's wind and kite surfing center, with onshore breezes being particularly advantageous...Read More

  • 9. Grand Masters' Palace

    Government Building

    The palace houses the president's office; Malta's parliament meets here until the new parliament building is completed. The palace, completed...Read More

  • 10. Great Siege of Malta and the Knights of St. John

    Military Sight

    A walk-through presentation traces the order's history from its founding in 1099 in the Holy Land and its journeys from Jerusalem to Cyprus...Read More

  • 11. Inquisitor's Palace


    The displays in Birgu's Inquisitor's Palace reveal less-discussed aspects of less-tolerant times in Malta. The palace dates from the 1530s and...Read More

  • 12. Mdina Cathedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The serene, baroque Mdina Cathedral (dedicated to St. Peter and St. Paul) contains Mattia Preti's 17th-century painting The Shipwreck of St...Read More

  • 13. Mnajdra

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    From the temple of Mnajdra ("mna-ee-dra"), on the edge of a hill by the sea, views are superb. The temple is encircled by hard coralline limestone...Read More

  • 14. National Museum of Archaeology


    Housed in the Auberge de Provence (the hostel of the Knights from Provence), the museum has an excellent collection of finds from Malta's many...Read More

  • 15. Palazzo Falson

    Historic Home

    A medieval Patrician stone mansion, dating from between the 13th and 15th centuries, reveals a wealth of original architectural features. The...Read More

  • 16. Rotunda

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The Rotunda (Church of St. Mary) has the third-largest unsupported dome in Europe, after St. Peter's in Rome and Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. A...Read More

  • 17. Sacra Infermeria


    This gracious building, the ancient hospital of the Knights of St. John or Knights Hospillaters, near the seawall has been converted into the...Read More

  • 18. St. Paul's Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Completed in 1683, this beautiful church stands above a grotto where St. Paul reputedly took refuge after his shipwreck on Malta. ...Read More

  • 19. St. Paul's Shipwreck Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The importance of St. Paul to the Maltese explains the work lavished on this baroque marvel—its raised central vault, oval dome, and marble...Read More

  • 20. Tarxien Temples

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The three interconnecting Tarxien Temples have curious carvings, oracular chambers, and altars, all dating from about 2800 BC. Nearby are remains...Read More

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