Palazzo Stagno Malta

Historic Malta

Malta, and its sister island Gozo, have one of the oldest and richest histories in the world. Megaliths dating to about 5000 years BC are located on these islands, making these the oldest structures in the world. Malta’s location at the heart of the Mediterranean made it an obvious target for conquest. At some time or other throughout the ages, Malta belonged to the Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Muslims, Normans, Spanish, the Knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Napoleon and finally the British, before becoming a Republic in 1974 and then joining the European Union in May 2004 as a new member state.

Qormi’s own history can be traced back to the earliest settlements in Malta. Caves at its limit were used in the Bronze Age, and it flourished in Phoenician times. Little is known about the ensuing centuries until one of the first parishes in Malta, the parish of St. George, was established in the village before 1436. The present church of St. George was built in 1584.