The Capital of Malta, Valleta, called in Maltese “Il Belt” or the City, is located on the largest of the three Islands of the nation Malta. The other two are the islands of Gozo and Comino.
Aerial view of Valletta Malta and the harbor
Valletta was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Its original name given by the Order of St John of Jerusalem was Humilissima Civitas Valletta — The Most Humble City of Valletta.
It was built during the 16th century and its buildings are mostly Baroque with some Neo Classical and modern architecture. All this added to beautiful gardens and churches led most ruling houses of Europe to call the city Superbissima or Most Superb.
Amazing altar at the St John's Co-Cathedral in Valletta
Attractions in Valletta Malta
St. John’s Co-Cathedral
It was designed and built by the Order of the Knights Hospitaller of St John on the second half of the 16th century by Maltese Architect Girolamo Cassar on an austere style on the outside but lavish decorations on the interior. It houses many art works such as Caravaggio’s “The Beheading of John the Baptist”
The Malta War Museum
This museum is located in Fort St Elmo and shows the history of Malta as a British military station. Emphasis is placed on World War II when Malta was an important strategic point and therefore a main target for the enemies.
Among the highlights on display is the original “George Cross” given to the Islands and its people by then King George VI, for their heroism. The cross is immortalized on the National Flag.
The Pedestrian Republic Street in Valletta Malta
This main street of Valletta is a pedestrian mall with all our wives need for a great shopping day. It features clothing shops, book stores, souvenirs, cafes, restaurants and much more. It is lined by many of Valletta’s important sites such as the National Museum of Archaeology, Palace Square, the Co-Cathedral and the Palace.
The Mediterranean Conference Centre
What used to be one of the largest and best hospitals of Europe called the “Sacra Infirmary” of the Knights for the British, is now since 1978 and important Conference Center. The building is considered one of the greatest of Valletta.
The Old Manoel Theater is Malta's National Theater
This is a true jewel built in the 18th century which is Europe’s third oldest and in good working condition. This is Malta’s National Theater and venue of most of the performances by the National Orchestra. There are back stage tours available daily except Sundays.
National Museum of Fine Arts
This museum has fabulous art collections dating from the 15th to the 20th centuries. The highlights are Guido Reni's Risen Christ, Holophernes by Valentin de Boulogne and display works by Mattia Preti.
The peaceful Barrakka Gardens in the Capital of Malta
The Upper Barrakka Gardens
These gardens, originally built as private gardens for the Italian Knights in the 17th century, provide a magnificent view of the Grand Harbour. This is a place where the visitor may take a break of the many tours available in the city.
Grand Master's Palace
Once the residence of the Grand Master of the Knights of St John, this palace shows a plain façade, but the interior is sumptuous.
For more information visit the Malta Tourism Website
The interior gardens of Casa Rocca Piccola in Valletta
Casa Rocca Piccola
Located on the lower end of Republic Street, this is an old palace still inhabited by the descendants of the Maltese Noble Family de Piro open to the general public. It offers a glimpse into the lives of a wealthy patrician family through the centuries. It is a great private museum.
National Museum of Archeology
displays many artifacts and relics from Malta’s Prehistoric and Neolithic
periods, beginning with the arrival of the first humans as far as 7,000 years
ago. It is located in the palace of Auberge de Provence, built in the second
half of the 16th century. The highlight is a temple model miniature
of prehistoric Ta’Hagrat.
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