Malta (Repubblikka ta’ Malta, or Republic of Malta in English), is an island country located in the central Mediterranean Sea, between Sicily and the North African Coast. It is the largest of the 3 islands that comprise the archipelago; Malta, Gozo and Comino. Malta’s total population is over 400,000, and the inhabitants occupy Malta’s total area of 316 square kilometers. Between Megaliths, medieval dungeons and Calypso’s Cave, the Maltese Islands are positively mythic. The country’s narrow streets that spread throughout its towns and villages all lead to the main square, which is dominated by the goliath, baroque church (pictured below).
Various foreign powers have ruled Maltese society over the centuries that include the Romans, Greeks, Arabs, Phoenicians, Normans, Sicilians, Swabians, Aragonese, Hospitallers, British, and French, prior to establishing their independence in 1964. Maltese culture is a reflection of the diverse societies that once held power. The Maltese countryside is embellished with medieval towers, wayside chapels and some of the oldest known human structures in the world, which is why the Islands are often described as an “open-air museum.”
Aside from lampuki pie (fish pie), rabbit stew, bragioli (beef olives), minestra (a thick, vegetable soup), kapunata (the Maltese version of ratatouille), the most popular snack is pastizzi, a savory pastry generally filled with ricotta or mushy peas.
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