Malta is not only famous for palaces, ancient temples, cathedrals and beaches - it attracts tourists and the botanical garden in the village of Attard: it is the island’s most beautiful and largest garden, which combines all the best:
- decorative elements
- some birds
- places of rest.
Getting lost in the garden is not difficult, even if the map hangs at the entrance: there are several paths, hedges and partitions, in some places even a living labyrinth made of short bushes appears. If you are traveling in Malta and want to see it in all its glory - go to Attard and visit the botanical garden, known to the whole world!
A bit of history
Masters of the Order of Malta for the summer preferred to leave Mdina, the capital of the past, in a residence in other cities: they were far away, and in 1600 it was decided to build a residence closer. The village of Attard was chosen for its placement, where was built the palace of St. Anthony, surrounded by a magnificent garden.
For tourists and local residents, the garden has been open since 1882.
Features of the Botanical Garden
It hosts plants from around the world, hundreds of species. The largest part of the garden is occupied by orange trees: there is a tradition of collecting oranges from these trees and giving them away for free for Christmas. In the garden there are rare species of plants: shrubs, trees, flowers.
Entering the territory of the garden and turning to the right, you will see the main fountain with the name "Eagle" - it was built here first. There are several fountains in the park: tourists separately celebrate the name of Diana, the ancient Roman goddess of hunting, named after Diana. Pigeons usually rest on the statue of Diana, and ducks swim in the pond at the feet of the goddess, but the largest number of ducks is in the pond, located opposite the palace.
The fountain “Masks” surprises with its sophistication: rare trees grow around it with a bizarre shape resembling large bottles. In the park there are many statues, benches, decorative elements in the form of vases, balustrades, towers, etc.
- The palace of St. Anthony, located in the garden, was used by knights, governors, and now - the president of the country.
- In the garden there are dozens of plants planted by leaders of different countries: this tradition has existed for many years.
- The main entrance is decorated with lion statues with the coat of arms of Malta.
- The territory of the botanical garden is fenced, which contributes to a cozy and peaceful atmosphere.
The facility belongs to gardens.