Named the European City of Culture for 2018, the city of Valletta, Malta, has one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world. Valletta is a popular port of call for Malta cruises in Europe and a must-visit locale for anyone interested in history or culture. If you plan on exploring Valletta on your next holiday, these are the historical sites you won't want to miss.
St. John's Cathedral
St. John's Cathedral is famous for its Baroque art and architecture and has been an important religious site since the sixteenth century. The church is considered one of the finest cathedrals in the world, and one of the best examples of Baroque architecture in Europe. While you're there, pay attention to the floor, which is elaborately designed and panelled with 400 knights' tombs.
The Tarxien and Ġgantija Temples
The Tarxien Temples are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and date back to 3000 BCE. The site, which comprises a centralised structure with three sets of double apses, features intricate carvings of animals, patterns, and other prominent figures from the era as well as a massive stone statue and decorated altar table.
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Ġgantija Temples are considered amongst the most important archaeological sites in the world. Dating back to 3600-3200 BCE, these megalithic temples were thought to have been made by giants due to their large size. (Ġgantija is Maltese for "giant.")
If you have time, take an excursion from your Malta cruise to the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, an underground monument and important historical site. Explore some 502 square metres of rock carved chambers, halls, and passages dating back between 3600 to 2500 BCE.
If you are planning on booking Malta cruises in Europe, be sure that your itinerary features the fascinating city of Valletta, Malta. This gem won't be a secret for long.
Interested in a trip to Valletta, Malta? Booking a cruise is the perfect way to discover the city's history.