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WATCH: Did you know? These caves in Rabat were once home to Maltese farmers
Most cave dwellers were farmers.

Emma Galea

In his latest vlog, local explorer Angelo Caruana teamed up with fellow adventurer Pierre Farrugia to explorer Rabat’s lesser-known caves.

Not only are these structures natural wonders in themselves, but they’re also interesting historical sites shedding light on the village’s past.

Angelo and Pierre entered the caves through a wooden gate at the structures’ entrance.

The cave is unusually large, although it is believed that parts of it were manually dug out and separated into rooms and chambers.

Most rooms were home to hand dug shelves, seats, places of rest, and spaces for feeding stations, presumably used by resident farmers to feed their livestock.

The majority of people that resided in said cave are thought to have been farmers of some sort.

Angelo and Pierre also came across some holes dug out on the cave’s roof, probably as a sort of makeshift skylight.

Cave dwellers were a common sight in Malta up until the 19th century, when the British forced them out of such lifestyle.

The caves are believed to have been a great place to live in during Malta’s hot summer months as they would have kept their residents cool.

Have you ever come across this spot?

Main Images: YouTube/Angelo Caruana

19th May 2022


Emma Galea
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Emma Galea
Emma is a Gozitan writer who loves all things related to English literature and history. When not busy studying or writing you will either find her immersed in a fictional book or at the cinema trying to watch as my films as she possibly can!

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