7 of #30Before30 : Visit Mtarfa!
I've been to #Malta a dozen times but today I finally visited #Mtarfa ! A small little town in the northern region - This little place has always fascinated me as its nearly been lost in history a couple of times. In the Roman period, Mtarfa was a suburb of Melite, and it contained the Temple of Proserpina. Given Malta's location, historically it has acted as a great strategic importance as a naval base, and a succession of powers, including the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Moors, Normans, Sicilians, Spanish, Knights of St. John, French and British.
In 1890, British military barracks began to be built in Mtarfa, destroying most of the Roman remains in the process. A clock tower, now a prominent landmark of Mtarfa, was built in 1895. A naval hospital, RNH Mtarfa, was built during World War I. After the British left Malta the barracks were converted into housing, and the town expanded into a modern residential area. Given, the significance of this residential transition Mtarfa became part sister town Rabat and for 30 years Mtarfa geographically didn't exist. Then in 2000, Mtarfa was resurrected when it became a separate local council. Parts of Mtarfa are now listed on the National Inventory of the Cultural Property of the Maltese Islands.
Today I visited the #DavidBruce #RoyalNavalHospital 🏥where my friend @amandaklazar was born! Nearly 47 years on its still standing strong but is now a school. 📚
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