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Ten things you (probably) did not know about Malta

Fact 1

  • Fact 1

Malta was known as 'Melita' by the ancient Greeks and Romans. This means 'the island of honey'.

Fact 2

  • Fact 2

The Pharaoh Hound is the National Dog of Malta. In Maltese, the breed is known as Kelb tal-Fenek.

Fact 3

  • Fact 3

The University of Malta is the oldest university in the Commonwealth outside of Great Britain.

Fact 4

  • Fact 4

Malta puts on 75 villages feasts to honour local patron saints between June and September. The feast, or festa in Maltese, is a fabulous event with fireworks, bands and a religious procession.

Fact 5

  • Fact 5

The Knights of St. John of Jerusalem were given control of Malta in 1530 by Charles V of Spain.

Fact 6

  • Fact 6

Grand Master, Jean Parisot de la Valette, who gave Malta’s capital its name (Valletta) actually laid the first stone to the city in 1566.

Fact 7

  • Fact 7

The earliest evidence of human settlement in Malta dates back over 7,400 years and the Megalithic temples are the oldest free-standing stone structures in the world.

Fact 8

  • Fact 8

The highest point on the island of Malta is at Ta’ Dmejrek, some 253 metres above sea level.

Fact 9

  • Fact 9

The dome of the Mosta Dome, famously surviving a fallen bomb during WWII, is the third largest in Europe.

Fact 10

  • Fact 10

Maltese, or Malti, is an officially recognised EU language. Malta has been a Member State since 2004.

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