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Culture of Comino Island. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Comino Megalithic temples Ggantija on Gozo Island is considered to be one of the oldest constructions on Earth. These cult buildings of the past civilization are about a hundred years older than the Great Pyramids. On the outskirts of Sannat village, there is another monument of ancient times – the dolmens. The central landmark of Gozo goes back to medieval times. In Victoria, the capital of the Island, there is the Citadel – a perfectly-preserved tower, built by the Knights of the Order of Malta. For many years it was a shelter for the locals in case of the attacks, and now it is an outdoor museum, opened to any tourist.
Gozo and Comino don’t have a very developed tourism infrastructure. The travelers come here to enjoy the view of ancient constructions, walks by yourself, deserted beaches with clean … Open
However, not only the Citadel itself is remarkable for the history enthusiasts. Inside this old building, there are archeological, natural science, and folklore museums. The latter is an exposition of the goods, connected to the folk crafts and tales. While in the tower, you can also visit the armory and learn about the life of the prisoners from the past in the Old Prison. There is also the Cathedral of the Assumption of Our Lady, which construction is dated back to the 17th-18th centuries.
Another reminder of a complicated history of the Island, which suffered from the attacks of the “dashing people”, are the watchtowers. There are four of them: Mgarr ix-Xini, Xlendi, Dwejra, and San Blas. They all were constructed in the second part of the 17th century for protection from the pirates, criminals, and the quarantine-breakers. If you want to see the watchtowers with your own eyes, Mgarr, Xlendi, San Lawrenz, and Nadur are the places to visit. The easiest way is to get to Xlendi. Near Mgarr village there is Fort Chambray, which was built at the end of the 18th century. The majestic building was supposed to take on the role of the Citadel, but that didn’t happen. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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The cult of Madonna Ta’Pinu is quite popular on Gozu. If you want to learn more about it, go to Ta’Pinu Marian Shrine, located between Gharb and Ghasri villages. According to the legend, in the early 20th of the last century, at this exact place, a local woman saw Our Lady. Near Gharb village, there is the Chapel of St Demetrius. The exact story of its appearance on the Island is unknown, but many locals connect it to the salvation of an old woman Zgugine’s son, who was released from the pirates’ captivity by the Saint. There is one of the biggest temples in Europe in Xewkija village, which many call the Gozitanian answer to the Rotunda of Mosta. Ta’Kola windmill, one of a few island windmills with sails, is also quite remarkable. Built in the 18th century, it was leased to the knights for many years after.
Comino The central building on Comino is St Mary’s Tower. In its functions, this ancient construction is similar to the Citadel in Gozo. The Crusaders built this fortress to protect the local people from the attacks from the seaside, otherwise, the people would have become slaves to the pirates. By the medieval standards, the construction was laborious, as the building materials were shipped by sea. In the 17th century there was a prison in the Tower. There is also a remained 17th-century chapel in honor of the Return of the Holy Family from Egypt. The Battery, built in Comino in the beginning of the 18th century by the Knights, remained till the present days. It is a semicircular construction with embrasures for heavy guns fire, two of which remained in a good condition and are still in the Battery.
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Cathedrals and basilicas near Comino Island
♥   Katidral Metropolitan Ta’ San Pawl, Mdina, 23 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Santwarju Bazilika tal-Madonna tal-Karmnu, Valletta, 29.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Kon-Katidral ta’ San Ġwann, Valletta, 29.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique spots in Comino Island and near

Azure Window

From the series “Incredible Natural Arches Built by Water and Wind”
The coast with the amazing natural formation is incredibly popular with divers, because local underwater world is very diverse and magically beautiful. However, diving near the arch is quite dangerous because of the high probability of collapse. The main enemy of brittle limestone is erosion. If you believe the opinion of experts, the arch can collapse at any moment. … Read further

Iconic cultural sights of Malta

The capital of Malta is the city of Valletta, which has a huge cultural significance. The city was founded in the 16th century by the knights of the Order of the Johannites and today it is fully part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is built up mainly with historical stone buildings in very impressive architecture in the southern European style. The central street is the Republic Street which divides the city into two parts, crossing several spectacular squares. One of the most outstanding is the Palace Square, which houses the Palace of the Grand Master, built in the 16th century. It houses a weapons’ museum, which contains one of the largest collections in the world. The collection presents the weapons of Italy, France, Spain, and the Ottoman Empire. … Open
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Wellness travel has been a hit in the US in recent years but the trend is not so big in Europe. IHG hopes that by opening more hotels like EVEN it will increase awareness and popularity of wellness in the UK. Although the hotel is located near to the airport, the distance to such important objects as top universities and colleges, cultural landmarks, and natural attractions is also short. Tax-free outlets are a cherry on top of the pie. To make it more comfortable for guests to get to and from the airport, the hotel has a free shuttle service and a free parking lot. Read this

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Excursions over cultural sights of neighbours of Comino Island

Culture guide to Comino Island. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Comino Island: temples, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Comino Island. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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