Museums & Churches
Located in Valletta, The Great Siege Museum tells the story of the famous Great Siege of Malta 1565, when the Ottomans, who were almost invincible, tried to take over Malta, which the Sultan thought it would have been the first step to continue his conquest of Europe. Learn how the Maltese bravely stopped his empire! As Voltaire, a French enlightenment writer and historian once said, "Nothing is more well known than the siege of Malta,”. An audio-visual presentation lasts about 25 minutes.
Once one visits the various temples on the island and learnt about the history of Malta, the best way to complete the journey throughout Malta’s history is certainly by visiting the Museum of Archaeology.
The Museum of Archaeology in Valletta, displays a wide range of prehistoric discoveries and excavations found in Malta throughout its long history dating back to more than 7,000 years. The museum hosts several statues and figures found in many of the megalithic temples of Malta in order to preserve them, particularly those of the ‘Sleeping Lady’ and the Venus of Malta. It consists of rooms providing a deep insight into the Ghar Dalam phases, Tarxien temples, prehistoric architecture, human figures and other exhibits from the Phoenician and Roman Period. There are also models of several temples in Malta. At the Citadel in Gozo there is another Museum of Archaeology. The latter also holds a collection of various interesting artefacts and mosaic pavements from The Domus Romana which is the prime Roman site.
There are more than 300 churches in Malta. Most churches on the islands have the typical red painted dome of Maltese churches. Many Maltese churches display two clocks on the façade, showing different times. It is believed that the one on the right shows the correct time for the Christians wanting to attend mass, while the one on the left shows the incorrect time to confuse Satan from disturbing the mass. Some of the most visited are below:
Ta’ Pinu Basilica in Gharb, Gozo was about to be demolished in the 16th century but 23 years later, Pinu Gauci offered financial help in its restoration and the church was rebuilt as it was in a bad state. Ta’ Pinu was originally a small chapel but then built into the church it is today. The church is dedicated to the Assumption of Our Lady, to which a painting commissioned by Pinu Gauci can be found above the altar. In the 19th century and onwards, several miracles were attributed to the Assumption. This was due to a Maltese peasant by the name of Karmni Grima, who states that she heard a voice telling her to recite three Hail Marys as she was walking by the chapel. She confessed that the voice told her that she would not be able to return to the chapel and she got sick and could only return a year later. Visiting the church, one can see a display of testimonials of people that say they have been healed and a display of photos and letters sent from all over the world where people asked for a miracle. The church was rebuilt in a neo-romantic style in the 20th century and works include six mosaics, 76 coloured windows, many offerings and a bell tower. The basilica is a place of pilgrimage for many devotees from all over the world and is also the place where Pope John Paul II celebrated mass on his visit to Gozo in the 1990.
The town of Mosta is dominated by the biggest dome in Malta and the third largest unsupported dome in the World. The Rotunda of Mosta is the parish church of Mosta. Mosta Dome is also a site of a bone fide WWII miracle, where a bomb landed on the church floor but did not explode. One can see a replica of the bomb inside the church gift shop. The parish church which was built in the 19th century is dedicated to the 'Assumption of Our Lady' and celebrates its feast on the 15th August.
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