Malta Malta is a small island in the Mediterranean sea, the capital is Valetta, the official language is English, the area is 300 sq. km. The population is The diving is the most popular sport activity on the island, tourist industry is very important to the economy. Malta is very well fortified because for many years it was the stronghold of the Order of the Maltese Knights. Warm sea attracts lots of tourists and that contributes greatly to the countrys prosperity. The country has some big and popular English Language Schools.
Malta - the republic in the Mediterranean Sea In the 9 th century Malta was inhabited by the Arabs. Later, in the 16 th century the island became the property of the Order of Malta. The island was besieged many times but the knights successfully drove back all attacks (by that time the island had been well fortified)
Map of Malta In 1798 Malta went under the control of France. The Order, however, survived and remained on the island. In 1814 Malta became the British colony and English became the official language. In 1987 Malta became independent Republic but retained English as the official language.
As soon as Malta became Republic it got the Flag of its own.
The Maltese Coat of Arms (dated from the 16 century)
. Valletta – the capital The city was named after the Grand Master of the Maltese Order Jean de la Vallett
The fortification The island was attacked by the Turiks many times but all attempts to seize Malta failed because the knights fortified it very well. They planned to stay on the island forever and were not going to give it up.
The 100 – tonn cannon. One of the cannons that sank many German ships near Malta during the WW I.
The Palace of The Knights Is the most famous place on the island. It was built in the 16 th century and is a colossal building. The palace has about 500 rooms, 100 halls and 50 staircases. For many years The Palace was the residence of the Grand Master of the Maltese Order. Today it is visited by thousands of tourists.
The Knights of Malta The Maltese preserve their traditions and commemorate the memory of the Maltese Knights in many ways.