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A region in Malta, that unites three fortified cities; il-Birgu, Bormla & l-Isla.
Renowned for its local warmth & diversity, beautiful architecture, rich history and exciting culture.

One must say that the Three Cities offers an intriguing insight into Malta and its history. Left largely unvisited, these cities are a slice of authentic life as well as a glimpse into Malta's maritime fortunes.

The Three Cities can rightly claim to be the cradle of Maltese history as they have provided a home and fortress to almost every people who settled on the Islands.

birgu

il-Birgu


One of The Three Cities, lies on one of the promontories jutting into the Grand Harbour, opposite Valletta.

Highlights include the Inquisitor's Palace, Fort St. Angelo and the Maritime Museum.

bormla

Bormla


The largest of the Three Cities on the Grand Harbour opposite Valletta.

The main building of cultural interest is the Collegiate Church of the Immaculate Conception, which is rich in exquisite works of art.

isla

l-Isla


The smallest city, of The Three Cities, stands on a narrow peninsula jutting into the Grand Harbour.

The city is noted for its harbour views from Safe Haven Gardens, where one can find Il-Gardjola.

Their harbour inlets have been in use since Phoenician times: the docks always providing a living for local people, but also leaving them vulnerable when Malta's rulers were at war. As the first home to the Knights of St. John, the Three Cities' palaces, churches, forts and bastions are far older than Valletta's.

Attractions around THE THREE CITIES

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Notre Dame Gate

Notre Dame Gate

Fortifications, il-Birgu
Balconies

Maltese Balconies

Architecture, Streets, Bormla
Maltese Balconies in Isla

Architecture & Streets

Architecture, Streets, l-Isla
Balconies

Maltese Houses

Architecture, il-Birgu
The Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

Immaculate Conception

Culture, Bormla
Maltese Balconies in Isla

safe haven garden

Architecture, l-Isla
Balconies

Maritime Museum

Maritime, Museum, il-Birgu
The Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

Maltese snacks Kiosk

Culture, Streets, Bormla
Maltese Balconies in Isla

fortified Bastions

Architecture, Fort, l-Isla
Balconies

Architecture & Streets

Architecture, Street, il-Birgu
The Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

Royal Navy Fort Verdala

Architecture, Fort, Bormla
The Redeemer

Jesus Christ The Redeemer

Culture, l-Isla
st lawrence church

St Lawrence Church

Culture, il-Birgu
Maritime facilities

Maritime facilities

Maritime, Bormla
Maltese Balconies in Isla

Maltese Houses

Architecture, l-Isla
Good Friday

Good Friday procession

Culture, il-Birgu
st joseph chapel

St Joseph Chapel

Archi, Culture, Bormla
Maltese Boat - Luzzu

Maltese boat il-Luzzu

Maritime, l-Isla
victory monument

Victory Monument

Architecture, il-Birgu
Easter Sunday l-irxoxt

Easter Sunday l-irxoxt

Culture, Bormla
Nativity of the Virgin Mary Sanctuary

Nativity of the Virgin

Architecture, Culture, l-Isla

Discover THE THREE CITIES

HISTORY | WARMTH | CULTURE

Take pleasure in simply walking around its immaculate, narrow streets, which are lovingly decorated with potted-plants while mixing with locals. Walk around The Three Cities to admire all the architecture. Starting from the small chapels with a strong story and knights palaces surrounded by fortifications to its richly decorated Baroque churches.

Magnificent Churches and aged chapels with their dominating domes and steeples stand prominently over The Three Cities; one by one with its different style and story. Also, Monasteries and Convents are intensely active in the community.

Fortifications are military constructions and buildings designed for defense in warfare and military bases. The Three Cities is enclosed by a number of fortifications such as St Angelo, St Michael, St Margarita's line, and after the Great Siege it become stronger by the massive line of fortification created by the Knights of St John, the Cottonera Lines.

Folk traditions have evolved mainly around the festa to celebrate the patron saint of the town, marked by processions, street decorations and fireworks. Regatta is the most popular cultural sports while Good Friday and Easter Sunday also is celebrated with colourful processions in the Three Cities.


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