Fun Facts about Malta

A. Muscat, 11 Oct 2015

1 Melita was a name given to the island by Ancient Greeks and Romans which means island of honey.
2 Malta's Grand Harbour is one of the best natural deep water harbours in the world.
3 There are more than 360 Roman Catholic Churches in Malta.
4 Malta was awarded the George Cross by King George VI for its bravery.
5 The Ggantija temples are older than the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Wall of China, and Stonehenge in England.
6 Malta is featured in the Bible. It is stated that Apostle Paul was on his way to Rome when the ship he was on became shipwrecked on the coast of Malta.
7 The Da Vinci Code, Troy, The Count of Monte Cristo and the Gladiator are few of the movies that have been shot in Malta.
8 A citizen of Malta is a Maltese (not a Malteser!). Residents of Gozo are known as Gozitans.
9 The Maltese dog is the breed that is generally associated with Malta. However, it is the Pharaoh Hound Dog, in Maltese Kelb tal-Fenek, that is Malta's National Dog.
10 Malta's capital city, Valletta, is the European Capital of Culture for 2018.
11 After being a British colony for 150 years, Malta gained state independency in 1964, became a republic in 1974 and later part of the European Union in 2004.
12 Maltese drive on the left side of the road.
13 Pastizzi, is a savoury pastry from Malta. It is made from filo pastry filled with ricotta cheese or mushy peas.
14 Twistees are a rice-based snack with a cheesy flavour manufactured solely in Malta.
15 Kinnie is a soft drink from Malta with a particular taste of bitter-oranges, spices and herbs.
16 The main two symbols associated with Malta are the Maltese Cross and the Maltese Boats known as luzzu in Maltese.
17 Malta is the 8th most densely populated country in the world while it is the most densely populated country in the world.
18 Church of the Assumption of Our Lady in Mosta is the fourth largest unsupported dome in the world and the third largest in Europe.
19 Malta has two Guinness World Records acheived in 2011. The first is for the largest gathering of people dressed as story book characters with 453 people involved and the largest Chaterine wheel in the world measuring 32 meters in diameter.
20 Most of the Maltese young people live with their parents until they get married.
21 Most of Maltese churches have two clocks, showing different times. It is believed that the one on the right shows the correct time for the religious locals, while the one on the left shows the wrong time to confuse Satan from disturbing the mass.
22 There are more Maltese people in Australia than there are in the Maltese Islands.
23 There are several sunken World War II ships along the Maltese coastline.
24 Malta ranks as the 37th most happy country in the world according to the World Happiness Report of 2015.
25 Calypso Cave is thought to be the cave that Homer wrote about in The Odyssey.

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