The earliest connection between the Jewish community and Malta is said to date back to the arrival of Semitic Phoenician’s who were most likely accompanied by Israelite mariners, some of whom perhaps decided to stay on. But perhaps more famously it is since apostle Paul of Tarsus first arrived in Malta in 62 C.E., that a stronger Jewish influence became apparent and this is still visible to this day, dotted around this tiny group of islands.
The first place you’ll visit is inside the stunning silent city and ex-capital of Malta, Mdina. The Old Jewish Silk Market is a must see destination and is not really surprising to find given that during the medieval era almost one third of the local inhabitants in this walled city were Jews. Next we’ll take you to the famous Kalkara cemetery, which while small is the oldest (XVIII century) surviving Jewish burial ground in Malta. Safely under lock and key and accessible only with special permission, you’ll be able to see the remaining identifiable 12 graves and reflect on their lives and journeys. Finally we will take you to see the related wonders on display at the Malta Maritime Museum.
The perfect way to uncover the historical connection between the Jewish community and the Maltese Islands.
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