Thursday 4 June 2020

Enjoy Malta’s attractions from the comfort of your homes

MALTA, April 7, 2020

Malta’s national agency for museums, conservation practice and cultural heritage has collaborated with Google to allow users from all around the world to virtually discover the island’s heritage sites.
Through the online platform Google Arts & Culture, Heritage Malta currently has 25 virtual tours which include museums, temples, forts and archaeological sites, as well as, three Uneaco heritage sites which are the city of Valletta, the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum and the Megalithic Temples.
In Valletta’s virtual tour, visitors can discover several historical attractions in the city such as the Grandmaster’s Palace, which is now the seat of Malta’s President. The palace is one of the first buildings in new Valletta, built by Grandmaster Jean De Valette in 1566 after the successful siege of Malta. The palace has a formidable armoury and is considered one of the world’s largest collection of arms and armour.
Moreover, Valletta’s tour includes a fascinating trip to Fort St. Elmo National War Museum. Here visitors can discover Malta’s history from the bronze age around 2,500 B.C., up to the time of the first and second world wars.
Virtual visitors can also enjoy unravelling the secrets of Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, which was used as sanctuary and burial place by temple builders. Some of the structure’s elements trace back to 3600-2400 BC, which were discovered during construction in 1902.
Additionally, the virtual tours include one of Ġgantija Temples. Five out of the seven temples on the Maltese islands can be visited using the platform. These historic landmarks are the oldest free-standing monuments in the world, and they have been there 1,000 years before the construction of Giza’s pyramids.
Due to the spread of Covid-19, travellers are not able to visit the islands and enjoy their offerings. However, Malta is always on the lookout for new and innovative ways to share its magic with people across the world.
Check out Malta’s virtual tour: - TradeArabia News Service


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