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Mediterranean Concert Centre, Malta

The island nation of Malta found in the southern Mediterranean Sea may be tiny being one of the smallest countries in Europe, but it definitely boasts its fair share of sites to see and things to do. This includes visiting the impressive Mediterranean Concert Centre there.

The Mediterranean Concert Centre (MCC) is located in the country’s capital Valletta on the north-east side of the main island of Malta. Again one of the smallest capitals in the whole of Europe, it was founded at the end of the 16th Century and is a lovely and historical spot to house the concert centre. During a trip to Malta, visiting this charming city is a necessity to see a glimpse into the country’s rich past.

The centre itself, known as Dar il-Mediterran għall-Konferenzi in the Maltese language, is housed in one of the most historic buildings in the city, a hospital built by the Order of St. John in the 16th Century. This building was once of the most advanced hospitals in Europe up until the 18th Century, and in fact didn’t stop operating as such until the 1920s.

From the 1920s until 1940, it played host to the Malta Police Force, before becoming a base for Allied Troops until the 1950s. During the Second World War, it even took 4 direct bomb hits. It then spent a brief spell as a children’s theatre before undergoing extensive refurbishment work in the 1970s.

Nowadays, the MCC boasts a 1500-capacity auditorium that sees banquets, exhibitions, concerts, shows and more visiting this incredible building. With some of the biggest local and international artists taking to its hallowed halls, you can find out more about the programme at http://www.mcc.com.mt/   Touring international musical shows are particularly popular in this island nation, with The Sound of Music playing this autumn.