UNESCO Heritage Trail

This first series of podcasts will introduce you to the three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Maltese Islands:
- The Megalithic Temples of Ggantija, Hagar Qim, Mnajdra and Tarxien
- The Hypogeum
- The capital city of Malta, Valletta.

You can print out the PDF map to find all the locations described in the podcasts, and create your own itineraries.



1: A walk in Valletta
Brief introduction to the UNESCO Heritage Trail podcasts. Here we
also suggest a one day visit to Valletta with 12 highlights and interesting features not to be
missed while walking around.

Duration: 5min 33sec


2: The Knights of Malta
Interview to Fra John Critien, Knight of Malta and keeper of Fort St Angelo in the enchanting medieval city of Vittoriosa (Birgu). He talks about the 1000-year long epic history of the Order of the Knights of Malta, from its foundation in Jerusalem to the present day.

Duration: 7min 39sec


3: Valletta: the fortified city Interview with the Maltese fortifications expert Stephen Spiteri on the Valletta fortifications.

Duration: 8min 20sec

4: St John's Co-Cathedral, sanctuary of the Knights of Malta
Interview to curator Cynthia de Giorgio who highlights the details of St John's Co-Cathedral and its baroque interior, the impressive marble floor and the famous Caravaggio paintings: the Beheading of St John and St Jerome.

Duration: 8min 39sec

5: Caravaggio in Malta:
the artist of the people
Art historian and Caravaggio scholar Keith Sciberras gives an insight into the adventurous life of the celebrated ‘chiaro scuro' Master, his stay in Malta, his paintings and his enduring popularity.

Duration: 7min 54sec
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6: Lost and recovered: the drama of Caravaggio's stolen masterpiece Former Museums Director Fr Marius Zerafa relates the gripping episode of how he managed to recover the Caravaggio masterpiece of St Jerome, after it had been stolen from St John's Co-Cathedral in 1984. He also describes the tecnique used by Caravaggio in his paintings.

Duration: 8min 28sec

7: A noble household in Valletta
Interview with Marquis Nicholas de Piro, owner of Casa Rocca Piccola, a lived-in noble house museum. He recounts his family and house history from the time of the Knights of Malta until the present day.

Duration: 6min 56sec

8: Theatres in Valletta
Maltese artist and music critic Kenneth Zammit Tabona recalls
his first visit to the Manoel Theatre and his involvement ever since, while actor and theatre critic Paul Xuereb shares his experience at the Manoel as an actor on the stage of this intimate baroque theatre commissioned by Grand Master Manoel de Vilhena. In the second part of the podcast Chris Gatt, director of St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, presents the Centre and its varied cultural activities.

Duration: 8min 28sec

9: Music in Malta
Interview with the philosopher and poet Joe Friggieri about Maltese folk and classical music and the much loved Maltese composer Charles Camilleri, who will be remembered as a major exponent of Maltese musical productions of the last century. The second part presents Ruben Zahra, a young and talented composer who derives inspiration from traditional music to create a more classical contemporary style. Finally an introduction to the general music scene in Malta today.

Duration: 9min 21sec

10: Valletta: highlights of the Museum of Archaeology Maltese archaeologist and curator of UNESCO World Heritage Sites Reuben Grima describes some of the highlights of Valletta's Museum of Archaeology and provides an insight into the fascinating culture of the megalithic temple builders.

Duration: 9min 25sec
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11: The Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum: a prehistoric mystical experience
Interview with archaeologists Reuben Grima and Nicholas Vella on the subterranean structure of the Hypogeum, which became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1980. The archaeologists offer some unique insights into the death rituals of the temple builders.

Duration: 6min 58sec

12: The Megalithic Temples: traces of a lost civilisation Maltese archaeologist Reuben Grima explains why Malta's megalithic temples of Ħaġar Qim, Mnajdra, Tarxien, and the complexes of Ta' Ħaġrat and Skorba can be considered unique architectural master pieces, evidence of an advanced prehistoric
civilisation flourishing on the islands 5,000 years ago.

Duration: 9min

13: Gozo: Ġgantija Temples, the oldest free standing structures in the world
Interview with archaeologist Nicholas Vella who explains the main features of the spectacular Ġgantija Temples on the island of Gozo.

Duration: 8min

14: Back to the future:
Renzo Piano's Project for Valletta

Maltese architect Konrad Buhagiar talks about Renzo Piano's new and exciting architectural plans and designs for the building of a new City Gate, Parliament and Opera House at the entrance of Valletta, and how the city will be transformed as a result of Piano's architectural designs.

Duration: 7min 51sec

15: Malta:
a sentimental journey

Final episode of the series in which three visual artists - James Vella Clark, Kenneth Zammit Tabona and Laurent Muller - explain how they relate to Valletta and what it means to live in Malta today. An emotional journey where the islands' characteristic elements of light, shadow, stone and sea become a vital source of inspiration.

Duration: 8min 27sec
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  • Simply click on the link of the file you want to listen to. Your web browser will play it automatically.

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  1. Open iTunes
  2. Choose "subscribe to podcast" from the "advanced" menu
  3. Copy and paste the podcast feed URL http://www.invisiblestudio.it/projects/malta/completed/rss.xml
  4. The Visitmalta podcasts will appear into your podcast directory. Click "Get all" to download all the episodes on your computer.
  5. Connect your iPod to the computer, and iTunes will automatically upload all the episodes on your iPod in the m4a "audio with images" format, in the podcast folder on your iPod.

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