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Malta can seem to exist in a kind of suspended time, with its ancient mysterious structures dating back before the Egyptian empire, its vast underground networks of tunnels and catacombs, and its old world Baroque architecture. Tourists are enthralled by the medieval feel of its government buildings, palaces, inns, and churches. Seven islands make up Malta, which bears the influences of the many cultures and civilizations that have occupied the country over the last 10 centuries.

Just 50 miles south of Sicily in the sunny waters of the Mediterranean, Malta’s strategic position has made it an attractive island to conquer and inhabit. Over its more than 7,000 years of history, Malta has been ruled by the Phoenicians, the Romans, the Italians, the Spanish, the French, and ...

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