Sunday, May 16, 2010

Domus Romana in Malta

Malta was long a part of the Roman Empire/Byzantine empire (Eastern Rome). They don't do much to highlight that heritage, but the Domus Romana in Rabat, right near Mdina, is one spot where that heritage is clear. When the new US embassy is finished, it will also have a Roman conservation, as a Roman villa was found. Anyway, a couple of the mosaic floors and a jumble of what was the house. Much of it was destroyed decades ago for a road. The town was called Melita and the term for things Maltese is Melitensa.

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