Saturday, 23 June 2012

Malta - General Interest


There is very little crime Malta compared to that of most European cities. The police are called Pulizija and dress similarly to the British Police. Other than the obvious precautions with regard to leaving valuables around and not making yourself a target for pickpockets, Malta is a delight and visitors will feel quite safe here.

Ancient Temples & Historic Sites

Hagar Qim – Copper age temple built around 2700 BC. The site is close to the sea near Qrendi and was first excavated in 1839. There are two sites here, one better preserved than the other due to its location. The stone structures are thought to have been designed around a fertility based religion and small carved large female figures in stone have been found at both sites.

Hal-Saflieni – This is basically a complex of underground temples built around 3000 BC. It was discovered in 1902 and consists of three levels of catacombs which reach a depth of around 11m underground. Human remains, various artefacts and vases were found here. It’s location is in Paola and it is not that far from the Tarxien Temples.

Tarxien Temples – The oldest temple here is about 6,000 years old. These Neolithic Temples contained many remains and evidence of the Tarxien period. The site comprises of 4 temple units around a courtyard. Evidence of Bronze Age settlers has been found here.

St Paul’s and St Agatha’s Catacombs - are a labyrinth of tombs under Rabat. They date back to the 12th century.

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