The magic of Malta Knight island country that fascinates me, where I would come back again and again, which I might even have lived if I had such an opportunity. I was only there for one weekend out of season, but I have decided someday to come back to this magical place to look back.
Thanks to the wonderful weather and the picturesque architecture, some of the best tourist photos I have made have been produced. I will not go into geographic information, I will just mention a few things that contribute to the atmosphere of the country. The Maltese archipelago, the three inhabited islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino, as well as a few smaller ones, are located in the southernmost part of Europe, even to the south of the most northern parts of Africa. Local landmarks are the megalithic prehistoric temples of Malta. One of them in Hagar Kim dates back to the Bronze Age - 2700 BC. Other similar temples are scattered all over the island - prehistoric buildings of unreal huge stone blocks, some of them aged 5-6 thousand years. The archaeological museum in Valletta has a collection of prehistoric artifacts - pottery, stone tools, ornaments and some of those famous statues of the mother goddess depicted as a very fat woman. In the afternoon, we went to St. Julian's for orientation. We saw the Hilton Hotel and the tallest building on the island - the Portomassa Tower. One of the advantages of attractions in Malta is that it is a small island, extremely hospitable for tourists and well-organized transport. Like Britain movement in Malta is left, it is initially a bit confusing when crossing or when you decide where to go and which bus stop to stand.
At the corners of buildings in Valletta, statues of saints are very common.
The capital of Malta is extremely cozy with its narrow streets, decorated churches and scenic architecture. Because of the favorable climate, our flowers here are shrubs and trees. Many lemons, as well as olives with olive trees, are found. The relief is uneven and therefore there are many stairs especially if you go to shore. The buildings are with balconies, but in the local style they usually have wooden frames in bright colors and window shutters. Valletta is a peninsula cut between two bays - one looking at Slima and the other one at the "three cities" - Sanglea, Kospikua and Vittorio. Malta has been the arena of many battles, and through it has passed by no-Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Sicilians, Frenchmen. In Valletta there are several palaces and many museums: arts, archaeological, and a museum with weapons and knight armor - for every one thing. The most famous cathedral in the capital is "St. John, but unfortunately it was closed for an event. Here one can see one of Karavaggio's most famous paintings - "The Devotion of St. John". We walked along the steep streets, then headed for Baraka Gardens, which were once privately owned, but are now open to visitors. They call Mina the "quiet city," and he strikes with the tranquility of his narrow, peaceful streets and old buildings in a sandy ocher. Mdina was the capital of the island in the Middle Ages, but in the 16th century when the knights decided it would be more convenient to settle near the port. Thus, in 1571, Valetta took over the leadership, and Mdina became the "old city". On entering, we came across a group of "knights" - maybe a fortune or a common attraction for the old capital. We spent without a specific direction. Everywhere there are beautiful buildings, and along the houses along with the mosaic-numbered numbers, touching charming colorful bas-reliefs of saints are often found. I am very impressed by the many saints depicted directly on the facades of the houses. Among the sights are the cathedral "St. Paul "- the oldest on the island, repeatedly upgraded and changed over time. Next to it is the cathedral museum, where you can see works of art and objects of archeological value. Incidentally, the curious feature of the Maltese cathedrals is that they have two clocks that point to a different hour.