1) Malta has several UNESCO World Heritage sites. The Baroque capital city Valletta is one of them. The Hypgogeum; a unique underground temple site is another and the third comprises of Malta’s seven megalithic template sites found across Malta and Gozo.
2) The Ggantija Templates in Xaghra, Gozo are famous for being the oldest free-standing structures anywhere in the world. This megalithic temple dates back to 3600BC, 1000 years older than the pyramids of Egypt.
3) St. John the Baptist church in Xewkija, Gozo has the third largest unsupported dome in the world, and can accommodate the towns entire 3000 population.
4) The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Ta’ Pinu is the holiest sight on the island after the voice of the Virgin Mary was heard by two locals here in a chapel in 1883. Today the area is a popular shrine and pilgrimage site.
5) Malta’s famous Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta was once the ‘Holy Infirmary’ of the Order of the Knights of Malta.
6) Malta’s eight pointed cross represents the Knights of the Order of St. John and is one of the most well known symbols of the islands. This was, however, originally the Amalfi Cross which was then adopted by the Knights in 1050.
7) Dwejra in Gozo has featured in BBC productions and films, as well as Gozo’s Citadel and Ramla Bay.
8) It is theorised that Malta could have been part of the lost civilization of Atlantis. Various remains have been discovered underwater and it seems that the island may have been connected to other parts of the Mediterranean before the Biblical Flood.
9) Carnival in Malta can be traced back to the early 1400s, but it received a major boost in 1535, five years after the arrival of the Order of St John. This started taking place officially in Birgu where a number of knights played games and displayed their skills in various pageants and tournaments.
10) Valletta is renowned for being one of Europe’s first planned cities with building codes and grid pattern streets.