Malta’s architectural history is the longest in the world. More than 7000 years ago, gigantic megalithic structures were erected here; these temples are said to be the oldest freestanding structures in the world.
The chequered history and strategic location of the Maltese Islands is reflected in its rich architectural landscape, from prehistoric temples, exquisite palaces and impressive fortifications to sumptuous churches, Medieval towns and Baroque cities. Valletta is a fully inscribed UNESCO Heritage city, a jewel of Baroque architecture, entirely built by the Knights of the Order of St John, to whom the Islands owe most of their architectural heritage. No other country in the world has so many walled cities, churches and chapels in so small an area.