This ‘Malta photo essay’ is my way of offering up questions that could be easily put to bed by a well-chosen local. Alas, I choose to turn to my blog instead.
Malta is undoubtedly beautiful and offers a plethora of different landscapes and activities that suit every kind of visitor. But after a short weekend trip, it left me really unsure of what to make of the country. Whereas other countries on the Meditteranean are well documented and easily ‘understandable’, I can’t say that about Malta. I still don’t know what to say to people when I’m asked about the trip.
Malta is an enigma to me. And one of the biggest questions I am left with is: why are the houses of Malta almost always adorned with a religious plaque? Just so you know, the internet offers nothing useful.
I have never seen anything like it before. Spain is a fairly religious country, as is Italy, but I have never seen such an open and proud dedication to Christianity on so many people’s front doors. If someone ever approached me and told me that Malta was a more religious country than Italy, I would absolutely believe them. Or maybe they are relics from a bygone era. Maybe only a small amount of Maltese people are active churchgoers. The plaques might have little to no meaning anymore – I can’t know for sure!
The same front doors that are also, often, painted very strikingly. The average Maltese front door contrasts starkly with the beige of the limestone brick.
Really, it’s not for me to question the people of Malta or how they choose to decorate their houses. It simply peaks my curiosity. I wanted to share some of the pictures that back up why this interests me, but the pictures below make up approx 0.0001% of the colourful doorways and religious plaques of Malta.
My Malta Photo Essay
And that’s my mini Malta photo essay of the many colourful doorways and religious plaques around the country. Have you been to Malta and noticed the huge amount of religious plaques? Let me know in the comments below!