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The Varied Architecture of Malta

Kappella tas-Sagrament, Qawra, Malta

Kappella tas-Sagrament, Qawra, Malta (photo: Shepard4711)

[A]s a country it is one of the smallest states. Yet its strategic position has made it a popular place for empires over the centuries, the most recent of which was the British Empire.

The country gained independence in 1964 and joined the European Union in 2004. Yet, its landscape is a constant reminder of influences of the past.

This has given rise to an eclectic tapestry of buildings.

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Kappella tas-Sagrament

Kappella tas-Sagrament in Qawra on Malta is a church and one very different to many others on the island.

It’s design has distinct Arab influences and it stands out from the many white buildings that are prominent in the area.


Castle in Qawra (photo: Voyageur du Monde)

Seaside Castle

In stark contrast to the previous image, in the same town of Qawra is a small castle with a design that screams of Knights of St John design.

This much is evident from its square design, a feature of their castles and buildings.


Balconies (photo: matthew_dp)

Spanish Influences

French and Habsburg Spain influences can often be found in the densely populated towns. Iron-gate fenced balconies and boxed windows are a common sight.

Limestone building

Limestone building (photo: GuidesNet)

Use of Limestone

Limestone architecture is another prominent feature on the island; many official buildings are made in this style.

Modern Malta

Modern Malta (photo: albireo2006)

Modern Designs

Despite the numerous examples of ancient architecture on the island, there is also more modern looking buildings to be found.


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