Heritage Sites

11 Sep 2023

AUSTRALIAN BUNGALOW

The Australian Bungalow was brought to Malta in the early 1920s to enable prospective Maltese migrants to Australia to adapt themselves to their new environment and to be able to dismantle and rebuild such structures. The British were encouraging the population to migrate to other colonies so that the limited resources of the islands could support the naval base when...

10 Jul 2022

Delimara Lighthouse, Delimara

THE DELIMARA LIGHTHOUSE   Location A fifteen minute drive away from the Malta International Airport towards Delimara Point, the extreme southern tip of the Maltese archipelago, we find a landmark building that is an important testimony of Malta’s maritime history, the Delimara lighthouse. The road to the lighthouse skirts the picturesque fishing village of Marsaxlokk and many of the beautiful bays and...

16 Jun 2022

Santa Marija Battery, Comino

THE SANTA MARIJA BATTERY ON COMINO This battery was proposed by the Grand Prior of France, Philippe de Vendôme to protect the south Comino channel in conjunction with the Marfa defences on Gozo and was erected in 1715 at the cost of 1018 scudi. It is one of the three surviving coastal batteries of Gozo and Comino. It had to...

15 Jun 2022

Ta’ Braxia Cemetery, Pieta

This cemetery lies close to Portes des Bombes in Floriana, and was opened in 1857 when the group of cemeteries close to the bastions in Floriana were full. One of these cemeteries is now known as the Garden of Rest and is also managed by Din l-Art Helwa. The Ta’ Braxia cemetery was designed by Emanuele Luigi Galizia who was only...

06 Jun 2022

Historic Garden, Floriana

Formerly known as the Msida Bastion Cemetery, this served as a Protestant cemetery from 1806-56. It was restored over a period of ten years and was awarded the Silver Medal by Europa Nostra in 2002. A small museum was added in 2004. This was the main Protestant cemetery in Malta for about fifty years from 1806. Records show that at least...

10 May 2022

Chapel of St Roque, Zebbug

Open first Sundays of the month and by appointment. In 1592 the first bubonic plague epidemic hit the Maltese Islands, probably brought over by the galleys of the Grand Duke of Tuscany. About 3000 people died of this severe disease and a certain Tumas Vassallo and his wife Katarin initiated the building of this chapel the same year. St Roque is...

06 May 2022

St. John the Evangelist chapel, Hal Millieri, Zurrieq

In addition to the well documented chapel of the Annunciation and its abutting ruin of the Visitation, the lost medieval hamlet of Hal Millieri, in the outskirts of present-day Zurrieq, had two other chapels. One of these chapels was dedicated to the martyrdom of St John the Evangelist whose feast was held on 6th May, and the other to the...

01 Apr 2022

Chapel of Santa Marija ta’ Bir Miftuh

  This chapel was built in around 1430 and is one of the best preserved examples of a fifteenth-century parish church in Malta. It has some interesting frescoes and provides the ideal setting for the annual Bir Miftuh music festival organised each spring by Din l-Art Helwa. Open first Sunday of the month 9.30 – 12.00 hrs, and by appointment. This Chapel located...