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Fort Rinella

Constructed in 1878, Fort Rinella is one of the most striking landmarks of Malta. More than just a remnant of the English colonial reign in Malta, Fort Rinella is also the world's oldest mechanical fortress, where the battalion used a gigantic 100- tonne armor every few minutes. Jules Verne, an acclaimed French writer, visited Fort Rinella in 1889 and described the fort as " a marvel of the industrial age which would render Malta safe forever." It is also believed that his visit to Fort Rinella inspired him to pen Voyage to the Moon, a famous novel.

St. John's Co-Cathedral

A visit to the city of Valletta is incomplete without seeing the St. John's Co-Cathedral, considered by many to be one of the best examples of Baroque architecture and the most beautiful cathedral in the whole world. Constructed in the late 16th Century by the Knights of Malta, it features some of the most stunning interior decorations and wall frescoes in all of Europe, painted by renowned medieval artists, including the Grand Master Caravaggio. As you walk in, the sheer grandeur and opulence of the church are sure to take your breath away with a delicate tomb laid marble floor, gold-gilded decorations and fantastic altar designed by the great Maltese sculptor, Melchiorre Cafà. An in house museum showcasing sacred silk vestments of saints, Flemish tapestries, vintage choral books and other treasured artworks. Seven chapels are located inside the cathedral dedicated to eight different saints of the Knights and do not require an entry fee to visit if you just want to pray. As the fabric of the church is delicate and has to be constantly maintained by the heritage foundation, a limited number of tourists are allowed to visit at a time and women are advised not to wear sharp heels in order to avoid damage to the marble floors. Free audio guides are available to visitors in six different languages.

Rotunda of Mosta

Rotunda of Mosta or the Mosta Dome is a beautiful structure and prominent landmark in the city of Mosta. The dome is the prime attraction and is touted to be among the biggest unsupported domes in the world. It was created at the site of a former church in the 19th Century CE. Created by famous architect Giorgio Grognet de Vassé, the church has a circular shape inspired by the Roman pantheon. In 1942, during World War II, it is said that a bomb ricocheted off its dome and did not explode, saving the devotees that had arrived for evening mass.

San Anton Palace

Occupying a vast space of land in the village of Attard, the San Anton Palace mirrors the region's sunlit demeanor in its yellow-stoned structure. The exquisite palace forms the formal residence of the President of Malta, although it was historically built as a country villa for Antoine de Paule, a knight of the Order of St. John. In the later years, it would be used as the abode of the Grand Masters of the order. During the Maltese Uprising, the palace was also the official place of meeting for the National Assembly. Expanded several times during its occupation by the Grand Masters, the palace holds within its confines two chapels, each of them consigned to Our Lady of Pilar and St. Anthony. The stunning limestone palace sits amid lovely gardens that are counted amid the city's prized spectacles, replete with walkways and aviary features. Ornamental ponds and splendidly carved sculptures dot the garden's expanse and a graceful canopy of palm, cypress, jacaranda and araucarias trees provide ample shelter from the bright sun.

Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum

Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum is a fascinating underground burial site. Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, it offers insight into the cultural, religious and technological development of the Saflieni period in Malta's prehistory from 3300 to 3000 BCE. The structure comprises of three stories and was a place of burial and worship. The only prehistoric underground temple discovered, it offers a unique opportunity to glean an understanding of Malta's rich prehistory. Several important artifacts have been recovered from the site including the 'sleeping lady'. With each chamber being carved only of flint and stone tools, it's a true architectural marvel. Red ocher paintings are still visible on some walls. The remains of over 7000 people have been recovered from this site.

Blue Grotto

Cobalt blue waters sway serenely against a colossal arch-shaped cave, revealing hypnotic swirls of flora that lie within its depths. One of the most visited attractions in Malta, the Blue Grotto takes after its mesmerizing counterpart in Capri, the Grotta Azzurra di Capri. This magical grotto finds itself in the village of Qrendi near Wied iz-zurrieq, a quiet fishing town on Malta's south coast. Here, as the midday sun hits its denim waters, its surface reveals a miraculous sheen of phosphorescence, reflecting its underwater fauna. Tourists visit from near and far to witness this sight that can be viewed anytime between sunrise and one in the afternoon. The Blue Grotto and its cavernous arches are also famous sites for boating, snorkeling and rock-climbing.

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