Malta has had such a rich
history that the country is practically saturated with places of
historical interest. The Museum of Archaeology in Valletta houses
an exceptionally rich collection of prehistoric artifacts. A fairly
impressive artistic collection may be viewed at the National Museum
of Fine Arts. In Valletta as well one finds the War Museum at Fort
St. Elmo where every Sunday a military parade in period costumes
is re-enacted. In the capital be sure to visit the Grand Master’s
Palace and St. John’s Co-cathedral where Caravaggio’s Beheading
of St. John and St. Jerome can be admired.
The Museum of Roman Antiquities (commonly referred to as “The Roman
Villa”) and various catacombs are to be found in Rabat. In Mdina
one can also visit the Cathedral and its museum housing treasures
such as miniature prints by Albrecht Durer.
The harbour area not only offers a magnificent view of 18th century
fortifications but in Vittoriosa one finds the Maritime Museum and
the Inquisitor’s Palace.
Any guidebook is sure to highlight the sites of historic importance and
natural beauty which make a holiday in Malta very much worthwhile. The
discerning visitor will immediately notice that Malta has much more to
show besides its beaches.