Maltese Culture

Maltese Culture

History and Culture: Did you know that …
·       The oldest free standing buildings in world are found in Malta … prehistoric temples which pre-date the pyramids in Egypt by 2000 years! 
·       The Maltese are one of the earliest Christian communities.  Just 30 years after the birth of Christ, Saint Paul converted the island to Christianity when he was shipwrecked.  This episode is mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles … 
·       The Knights were in Malta from 1547 to 1798 … Malta is a living museum of these Knights. 
·       Valletta, the Baroque Capital City of Malta is a World Heritage Site. Valletta will be the European Capital Cultural City in 2018. 
·       The old capital city of Malta is called Mdina.  This is the only 'Mdina' outside the Islamic world. 
·       Malta is exactly at the very centre of the Mediterranean Sea.  It is at the very edge of the European Continental Shelf. 
·       Malta has an ideal climate … the annual average temperature of Malta is  18 degrees Celsius 
·       Malta was one of the most bombed places on Earth when Hitler ordered his forces to 'neutralise' Malta.  Malta never surrendered and was awarded the George Cross to honour her bravery.  This is the cross that is represented on the National flag of Malta. 
·       The Polish Pope John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla) canonized the first ever Maltese Saint.  He is St. George Preca who was a Priest.  Pope John Paul II visited Malta several times. 
·       The Maltese and the Polish flags have exactly the same colours, the red and the white.  On the Maltese flag, however, the colours are vertical while on the Polish flag they are horizontal. 
·       From Yalta to Malta … When Europe was separated in Yalta in 1945, it was reunited in Malta in 1989 where the US President George Bush and the President of the Soviet union Mikhail Gorbachev declared the end of the Cold War.
·       Malta is the most multi-lingual countries in the EU. The national language is Maltese but English is an official language as well.  Italian and French are also widely spoken. 
·       The Maltese language is a Semitic language (Arabic) but written in Latin alphabet.  It is widely spoken.  It is also an official language of the European Union. 
·       Malta is also called the Hollywood of the Mediterranean.  Many bock-buster films such as Gladiator, Troy, were produced in Malta.