Architecture of cathedrals and great churches

Situated in the center of the Mediterranean, the Maltese archipelago includes the islands of Malta, Gozo, Comino, Comminotto and Filfla. These sunny islands have been described as one big open-air museum, and it is easy to delve into Malta’s mysterious prehisatory, retrace the footsteps of St Paul, or see where the Knights of St John defended Christendom. Important places to visit: Fort St Angelo Situated on the middle rocky promontory sticking out into the Grand Harbour, Fort St Angelo was the only significant fortification in Malta in existence before the arrival of the Knights of St John in Seen from the outside Fort St Angelo resembles more a medieval castle, mainly due to the fact that it had to compensate for the height on the peninsula opposite. Fort St Elmo The star-shaped Fort St Elmo is the most famous fort in Malta, built at the end of the peninsula upon which the capital city of Valletta was later built. An enemy battery mounted on it could have bombarded the city and seriously damaged the bastion of St Michael on the right of the Valletta land front. The Silent City of Mdina Mdina is one of the few great architectural treats in Malta that did not result from the activities of the Knights of St John. The oldest city on the island, going back to pre-historic times, the word Mdina derives from the Arabic word ‘medina’ which means ‘city’.

Hypogeum Malta

Made in Venice, Italy, almost exclusively on the island known as Murano, Venetian glass is unmistakable due to its colourful, bold, and elaborate designs. During the Middle Ages, the Venetian Republic was one of the wealthiest and most powerful republics in all of Europe. This was mainly because Venetian glass was such a valuable commodity at the time. To this day, in many Venetian glassmaking families, Murano glassmaking recipe books dating back generations are passed down from father to son.

Not long after, in the year , Venetian art glass production was forced to relocate from Venice to Murano Island, which is situated within the Venetian Lagoon.

Roman Villa in Rabat, Malta. In Rabat, close to Citta Vecchia, Mdina, there is a Domvs Romana where a Roman Aristocrat and his family lived. They resided in a large town-house overlooking the Rabat Gardens, where they lived their lives according to their role in society, which reflected in .

Old Chapel House ‘Holiday Let’ is available to book for a minimum of 3 nights and has 4 bedrooms for a maximum of 8 guests. This is available to holiday makers, those visiting family and corporate stays, unfortunately we do not hire out to hen and stag parties and we do not allow pets. On the ground floor is a fabulous open plan living space, ideal for families and friends to spend quality time together. Perfect for entertaining, the modern and well equipped kitchen boasts a huge central island with polished concrete worktops and glamorous bar stools.

The dining area which is dominated by a reclaimed stone pillar, offers an opportunity for more formal dining. The double height living area, furnished with leather Chesterfield sofas and original Victorian range with gel effect fire, is the perfect place to relax and unwind.

Malta Dine and Wine Bars

It is difficult to ascertain which meaning came first, but it is understandable how Greeks may have associated the crimson or purple color of dates and dye with the merchants who traded both products. Beekes has suggested a pre-Greek origin of the ethnonym. Cover of a Phoenician anthropoid sarcophagus of a woman, made of marble, — BC, from Sidon , now in the Louvre.

Mdina is the old capital of Malta. Located in the centre of the island of Malta, this typical medieval town is also known as “The Silent City”, specially because of its relaxed nights.

About Malta, Sicily, Sardinia and Corsica: The western Mediterranean islands of Malta, Sicily, Sardinia and Corsica vary from sun-drenched rocky masses to fertile lands with rolling pastures, forested mountains, volcanoes and spectacular coastlines. Ancient peoples left temples, standing stones and forts here, and bays and inlets sheltered fishing and trading fleets for millennia. Journeying from one island to the next takes one along sea-routes traversed by Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans and Arabs, and more recently the Royal Navy.

In this post, we talk about the key destinations and main highlights we explore on our Tours to Malta, Sicily, Sardinia and Corsica. Common threads, unique aspects of these Mediterranean Islands The history of these four Mediterranean islands has a number of common threads, and each possesses many unique aspects. Malta withstood two tremendous sieges during its history due to its strategic location.

In , the Knights of St. John Hospitaller held out against the Ottomans, who were threatening Europe. Furthermore, in WW2, the island held out for three years against the Germans and Italy and earned the George Cross for bravery. Once a centre of Greek civilisation, it became an important Roman then Byzantine province.

Mdina Ming Pattern Vase

All electricity is turned off for this one night in the October Festival when house-owners open their doors, musicians rove the streets and actors stage impromptu plays. It was like stepping back in time to when the Knights of St John took refuge here. Exiled from Rhodes, Birgu was where they first built their lavish palaces during the three centuries they governed the island, defending it from naval attack by the Turks in the Great Siege of , a battle you can safely relive on-screen as part of the well-designed Malta Experience.

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Growing up in the UK, my image of you Thanks to Thomas Cook and a Place in the Sun has always been that of a package holiday destination. An island crammed with Brits looking for the holy trinity of sun, cheap beer and a sandy beach. Till this summer, I had never thought that you could really cater to independent backpacker tourists. I am glad to report that this all so far from from the truth. Malta is very accessible, budget friendly and caters well to both independent travellers as well as those who still prefer their holidays to be all inclusive.

When is it best to visit Malta and Gozo? So my personal suggestion is to visit more in the off season when the island is less crowded plus you are likely to get a better deal on flights and hotels. Which nicely leads me onto my next 2 points. This is without taking into account additional luggage charges plus flying from Luton.

Classic Civilisations of the Southern Mediterranean

Continue reading the main story St. Paul, however, was already a latecomer. Discovered at the sites are a number of obese clay and limestone figures, colloquially deemed the Fat Ladies of Malta or the Venuses of Malta, which have led people to speculate about a goddess-worshiping or matriarchal culture on the island in prehistoric times.

The Phoenicia, the first luxury hotel in Malta, is situated in acres of mature gardens at the entrance to Valletta, the capital city. Commanding glorious views from its elevated position overlooking the port, Mediterranean and the historic city dating back to , the hotel is within walking distance of the Island’s shopping and business districts, as well as the bustling restaurants.

Bema[ edit ] As numbers of clergy increased, the small apse which contained the altar, or table upon which the sacramental bread and wine were offered in the rite of Holy Communion , was not sufficient to accommodate them. A raised dais called a bema formed part of many large basilican churches. In the case of St. Peter’s Basilica and San Paolo fuori le Mura St Paul’s outside the Walls in Rome, this bema extended laterally beyond the main meeting hall, forming two arms so that the building took on the shape of a T with a projecting apse.

From this beginning, the plan of the church developed into the so-called Latin Cross which is the shape of most Western Cathedrals and large churches. The arms of the cross are called the transept. The mausoleum of a noble Roman was a square or circular domed structure which housed a sarcophagus. Constantine the Great built for his daughter Constantina a mausoleum which has a circular central space surrounded by a lower ambulatory or passageway separated by a colonnade.

This burial place became a place of worship, Santa Costanza , as well as a tomb. It is one of the earliest church buildings that was centrally, rather than longitudinally planned. Constantine was also responsible for the building of the circular, mausoleum-like Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem , which in turn influenced the plan of a number of buildings, including that constructed in Rome to house the remains of the proto-martyr Saint Stephen , San Stefano Rotondo and the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna.

Ancient circular or polygonal churches are comparatively rare. In Denmark such churches in the Romanesque style are much more numerous.

Local Experiences

DBV is located about 20km to the south of the city. Taxis from the airport to the centre will cost HRK Going to the airport a bus aims to leave the main bus station 2h before each international flight, and costs HRK The airport shuttle schedule is different everyday, but there is a shuttle virtually every 30 minutes. Departure times are also displayed in various tourist agencies near Buza Gate or the tourist information office at Pile Gate.

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Paul commonly known as St. Paul’s Cathedral or the Mdina Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Mdina, Malta, dedicated to St. Paul the Apostle. The cathedral was founded in the 12th century, and according to tradition it stands on the site of where Roman governor Publius met St. Paul following his shipwreck on Malta.

We serve a superb lunch during the tour in an award-winning restaurant. The tour departs from your hotel at approximately 8: After Popeye’s Village we take an exciting but safe off road track and make our way to Golden Bay where we will stop for a drink optional. After, we drive to Mgarr and Fomm ir-Rih with its breathtaking views. We then head towards Mdina where you will have an approximate 40 minute stop to have a look around the ‘Silent City’, Malta’s old capital.

From Mdina we go to Mosta. Here we stop for a while to give you a chance to visit Mosta Dome. We then visit Naxxar, famous for its cart ruts that curve and twist down the hillsides. We stop here for around 30 minutes, during which you may wander around the narrow alleys and streets, viewing houses that are over years old! You might even want to stop for a drink at the Village Square optional.

After lunch we will drive around the border of Valletta, ‘Malta’s World Heritage Capital City’ with great views of the Grand Harbour and then proceed towards Vittoriosa for a 30 minute stop. Vittoriosa, also known as Birgu, was the city founded by the Romans in BC. It was then further developed by the Knights of St. John in AD.

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