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Malta Offers Virtual Tours to Digital Tourists

News During the COVID-19 outbreak, many countries around the world closed their borders and stopped accepting tourists. Even though it is not possible to book a hotel in Valetta and visit the country now, nothing prevents us from seeing the most iconic landmarks of the country and visiting them later this year when the pandemic, hopefully, ends. Moreover, Malta is an incredibly interesting place to explore with its history of 7,000 years and numerous architectural landmarks.

Heritage Malta, the country’s national agency for museums and cultural heritage, has prepared a unique opportunity for all “digital travelers”. Together with Google, the company prepared virtual tours in several national museums and heritage sites. Everyone is welcome to see these tours through Google’s Arts & Culture online platform. At the moment, there are virtual excursions in 25 landmarks, such as museums, forts, archaeological sites, and temples. The three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which are situated in Malta, are also available. These are Valetta city, the Megalithic Temples, and the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum.

If you don’t know where to start, here are the short descriptions of some landmarks. Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum in Raħal Ġdid is an underground sanctuary and burial site discovered in 1902. This prehistoric cemetery dates back to approximately 3600 BC to 2400 BC. The virtual tour covers the cemetery and a large photo gallery. After this, jump to the city of Valetta to explore the Grandmaster’s Palace. Currently, this is the Office of the President of Malta. The palace was one of the first buildings erected after the Great Siege of Malta in 1565. Grand Master Jean de Valette founded the palace in 1566. The virtual tour features several museum views, an exhibition of arms and armor collection, and a photo gallery.

Fort St. Elmo National War Museum in the capital is another interesting venue to explore. It displays artifacts starting from the Bronze Age (2,500 BC) to World War II. The Megalithic Temples on Gozo Island and Malta also deserve a mention. There are seven temples in total, and people can virtually visit five of them. The Ġgantija Temples in Xagħra are the oldest free-standing monuments in the world.

Besides landmarks, it is possible to watch live streams of musicians and singers in Malta who share their performances to cheer people up during the coronavirus pandemic. Joseph Calleja, a famous tenor in Malta, even asks people to request songs that he then performs. After such a cordial approach, it is hard to resist the temptation to book a hotel in Malta and visit this amazing country later this year.


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