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St John's Co-Cathedral
St. John's Co-Cathedral is a Roman Catholic co-cathedral located in Valletta, Malta. It was built by the Order of St. John in 1577, and is It is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist. This co-cathedral is a subject of two distinct exclusive architectural styles - Mannerist (that dons the exterior) and Baroque (that beautifies the interiors). St. John's Co-Cathedral’s interiors are hallmarked by intricately carved stone walls, multi-toned ceiling and side altars that together depict scenes from the life of John the Baptist. Central to all of them are several religious figures painted on the ceiling because they give the impression of three-dimensional statues. Another highlight of this cathedral is an early 17th century masterpiece ‘The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist’ by the famous 16th century Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.
Upper Barrakka Gardens
The Upper Barrakka Gardens are a famous public garden in Valletta, Malta. They are located on the upper tier of St. Peter & Paul Bastion. The garden's terraced arches were built by an Italian knight in 1661 and they all had rooftops, though the ceiling was later removed after Maltese Rebellion in 1775. The Upper Barrakka Gardens served to entertain the knights of the Italian langue of the Order of Saint John. These gardens are hallmarked by several monuments and memorials to famous statesmen like Sir Thomas Maitland and Sir Winston Churchill. The Upper Barrakka Gardens are seconded by the Lower Barrakka Gardens that stand overlooking the Grand Harbor in Valletta.
The Rotunda of Mosta or Parish Church of the Assumption
The Parish Church of the Assumption (also called the Rotunda of Mosta) is a Roman Catholic parish church in the Maltese town of Mosta. This stunning masterpiece of Neo-Classical architecture is dedicated to the Assumption of Mary and was completed in 1861. Based on a Roman Pantheon, the Parish Church of the Assumption is believed to contain the world’s third largest unsupported dome. The façade of this beautiful church has six Ionic columns that are flanked by two bell towers.
Hagar Qim and Mnajdra
Hagar Qim (meaning ‘Standing or Worshipping Stones’) and Mnajdra (meaning ‘ground with cultivated trees’) are two Stone Age temples in Malta. They were built in the 4th millennium BC and are considered the most ancient religious sites in the world. The Hagar Qim consists of a main temple, three megalithic structures, an interior passage and six large chambers. Located about 0.3 miles away from Hagar Qim, Mnajdra was primarily an astronomical observatory. The authorities here used to make mathematical calculations.