Photos of the Southeast of Malta, Malta

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The Southeast of Malta

Across the Grand Harbour to the south of Valletta are the Three cities, the fortified cities that played such a significant role in the 1565 Great Siege of Malta. Senglea is also known by its Italian title Città Invicta; Birgu, is known by its title Città Vittoriosa; and Cospicua, is known by its titles Città Cospicua or Civitas Cottonera. Further east is the village of Kalkara, with its view of Valletta.

Catholic church of Paola
Street with steps, Senglea
View from Fort Saint Angelo, Birgu
Grand harbour, Vittoriosa
Piazza Vittoriosa
Interior St. Lawrence’s Church, Birgu
View from a gate, Birgu
View Dockyard Creek, Birgu
Couvre Porte Counterguard
Couvre Porte Gate
Street in Cospicua
Schoolyard in Cospicua
Notre Dame Gate, Cospicua
Rinella Bay, Kalkara
Valletta from Kalkara
Saint Joseph parish church, Kalkara
Coast in Xgħajra
Church of Our Lady of Graces, Żabbar
Marsaskala, across bay
Marsaskala, view across bay
Marsaskala, St. Anne's church
Bay in Marsaxlokk
Marsaxlokk, O.L. of Pompei church
St Catherine church, Żejtun
Tarxien Temples
St. Mary’s Parish Church, Gudja
St. Mary’s statue carried from church
Procession with Mary’s statue
Bay of Birżebbuġa
View to Qrendi
Mnajdra temple complex
Ħaġar Qim temple entrance
Ħaġar Qim oracle room
Ħaġar Qim temple
View of Wied Iż-Żurrieq
Blue Grotto, Wied Iż-Żurrieq

To the south of the Three Cities are the small towns of Paola, Gudja and Zejtun, and the Tarxien Temples, a megalithic temple complex dating to approximately 3150 BCE; it is one of the oldest freestanding structures on Earth. The small towns of Marsascala, Marsaxlokk and Birżebbuġa on the east coast of Malta were fishing villages but now also are popular vacation spots.

On the south coast, near the village of Qrendi, are the Mnajdra and Ħaġar Qim megalithic temple complexes. The oldest structures date from between 3600 and 3200 BCE (the Ġgantija phase). One of the temples in Mnajdra was built (or possibly rebuilt) in the late Tarxien phase (3150 – 2500 BCE). To the east is the Blue Grotto, several sea caverns at Wied Iż-Żurrieq, on the rocky coast.