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[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Maltese History is rich and varied. In fact, its 7000 years of history date back to 5200BC and start with the arrival of man. Subsequent important dates include St Paul’s Shipwreck in 60AD, which marked the arrival of Christianity to the Islands, the Great Siege in 1565, Malta gaining Independence from Britian in 1964, becoming a Republic in 1974 and the joining of the European Union in 2004.

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Today there is so much to learn thanks to the many historical sites dotted around the Island.

There are many areas of heritage and culture to be explored such as:

  • The Grandmaster’s Palacemalta-heritage
  • The Sacra Infermeria
  • St John’s Co-Cathedral
  • Palazzo Falson
  • The Museum of Fine Arts
  • The War Museum
  • St James Cavalier
  • The Mosta Dome
  • St Paul & St Agatha’s Catacombs
  • The Hypogeum, the Temples and Ghar Dalam

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maltese-pre-history-and-ancient-civilizationsMaltese Pre-history and ancient civilizations

5,200 BC Stone Age farmers arrive in Malta
3,600-2,500 BC – The age of building temples in Malta
800 BC – The Phoenicians from Lebanon sail to Malta
400 BC – The city of Carthage in North Africa rules Malta
218 BC – The Romans conquer Malta
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christianity-is-brought-to-MaltaChristianity is brought to Malta

c. 60 AD – St. Paul is shipwrecked in Malta
870 – The Arabs conquer
1090 – the Normans capture Malta
1283 – The kingdom of Aragon in Spain takes Malta
1412 – The kingdom of Castille in Spain takes Malta. Later Aragon and Castille unite and Malta becomes part of the Spanish Empire.
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Arrival-of-The-Knights-of-St.-John-to-MaltaArrival of The Knights of St. John to Malta

1530 – The Spanish king gives Malta to the Knights of St John
1562 – The Inquisition is established in Malta
1565 – The Turks lay siege to Malta but fail to capture it
1566 – La Vallette builds the city of Valletta
1634 – New fortifications are built across the peninsula south of Valletta. They are designed by Pietro Paolo Floriani and are now known as the city of Floriana.
1693 – Malta is badly damaged by an earthquake
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Napoleon's-conquest-of Malta-and-the-British-EmpireNapoleon’s conquest of Malta and the British Empire

1798 – The French land in Malta
1800 – The French surrender to the British Empire
1919 – The Maltese riot against the British
1921 – Malta is given a new constitution and Joseph Howard becomes the first prime minister
1940 – The Italians bomb Malta
1942 – George VI awards the people of Malta the George Cross
1947 – Malta is awarded another constitution
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Malta-s-independence-and-Modern-TimesMalta’s independence and Modern Times

1964 – Malta becomes an independent state
1974 – Malta becomes a republic
1979 – The last British servicemen leave Malta
2004 – Malta joins the European Union
2008 – Malta joins the Euro zone

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