with a population of 370,000 and Valletta is the capital.
The flag of Malta with the Maltese Cross...
The islands were eventually given to the Knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. The Knights were started in Jerusalem by pious merchants who wanted to take care of the sick and disabled. They built a hospice and other facilities which were run by the Knights. They were expelled from Jerusalem by the Muslims because they were too powerful and important. They moved to Rhodes and were driven from there by the Ottomans. After searching for years for a place to live, they were given the islands of Malta by the Spanish crown in 1530.
Pope Pius V helped to establish the Knights in Malta where they built huge fortifications, and in 1565 defeated the Ottomans and became the saviours of Europe.
Entering the port, we could see some of the fortifications built by the Knights. This was such an interesting view. I couldn't recall coming into a port that looked anything like this.
The yacht basin in the inner harbour...
The pulpit…what more can we say.
And then we were on our way back to the ship. A memorial to those who died in the world wars.