Malta - a Piece of the Sunken Atlantis
Great climate, the complete absence of crime, good location on the meridian, dividing Europe into two halves - all this has made Malta the large tourist resort.||In spring there is a competition of racing boats - the water analogue of “Formula 1”.||Summer is the beginning of “training season” on the island: every year one million of students from around the world come there to learn English. Once Malta was the main stronghold of the British in the Mediterranean; the British left and the island became the main place to study the language of Shakespeare and Margaret Thatcher.||In autumn there is a European tournament of Texas Hold'em and other forms of intellectual games over green cloth.||Finally, winter is the time for the Maltese carnival, which is not worse than the Venetian.||But tourist are attracted sometimes just to see the beauty of the place and to dive into the atmosphere of antiquity. The walls of the palaces have traces of a long stay in the water. But washout and shell deposits can be explained by the fact that the island or part of it for some time was under the water, and then again “surfaced”. From a geological point of view, this is possible: the Mediterranean is still an area of high seismic activity.||Therefore, some people assume that Malta was a part of the mysterious Atlantis. In any case, the Maltese palaces are thousand years older than ancient Minoan civilization, and their sizes force to believe that the island was once a part of a larger territory. It is hard to imagine that a small population of the island (the current population - 400 thousand people) could build such grandiose constructions.||Another thing, if modern Malta was part of a vast empire. This is confirmed by those mysterious tracks that descend from one of the temples and go straight into the sea. Apologists of “man-fish” hypothesis believe that they confirm their theory, but, apparently, they just connected the temple with the rest of the land, which after cataclysm went into the water.