"Valletta - The capital city of Malta" Valletta by dowdow

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Built by the Knights of St John, Valletta is not only Malta's capital city but also a United Nations UNESCO World Heritage City. The city is completely surrounded by fortifications and is built on the Sciberras peninsula, which rises steeply from two deep natural harbours, Marsamxett and Grand Harbour. The building of the city was completed in 1581, 15 years after it was started, and it is named after the Grand Master Jean de la Valette.

Francesco Laparelli, the Pope's own architect and Michelangelo's assistant, designed the city, and in 1568, work was continued by the Maltese Architect Gerolamo Cassar, when Laparelli left for active service in Crete.

Nowadays, the city is the administrative and commercial heart of Malta, the home of many locals and the place for top quality shops but not only, it is also the place where you can find some of Europe's finest churches, palaces and cultural treasures.

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  • Pros:Lots to see and do
  • Cons:No nightlife!
  • Intro Updated Mar 27, 2005
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  • adema29's Profile Photo
    Sep 9, 2007 at 9:09 AM

    Very nice your Valletta page! You live in a beautiful country!

  • wandeljp's Profile Photo
    May 18, 2006 at 3:19 AM

    Happy birthday full of travel dreams. Enjoy it . Jean-pierre from Belgium.

  • Sininen's Profile Photo
    May 17, 2006 at 8:35 PM

    Hello Doreen! Lovely Valletta page. Malta is planned for next year so I will be back to check more. Happy birthday from Finland!

  • kris-t's Profile Photo
    Mar 27, 2006 at 11:18 AM

    Thank you for sharing! Great pages! I adore Malta - have been there 3 times and it's not enough :) Kris

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Jan 18, 2006 at 12:58 PM

    Your page on Valletta shows me what I missed on my one short visit to your lovely Island

  • planxty's Profile Photo
    Nov 6, 2005 at 3:35 PM

    Hi, Doreen, great pages about Malta. It's yet another one on my "places to go" list. You have certainly re-awakened my interest. Must visit soon. fergy.

  • tini58de's Profile Photo
    Oct 4, 2005 at 5:38 AM

    I really enjoyed Malta and Valetta when we visited. Must be a nice island to live on! Greetings from Germany!

  • SpagBoll's Profile Photo
    Jun 4, 2005 at 2:22 PM

    Hi Doreen, nice Valletta pages thank you

  • Xemx's Profile Photo
    Apr 6, 2005 at 11:29 AM

    I see you've got 5 for another excellent page! Keep on going...you are doing really well! Hugs xxx

  • Spincat's Profile Photo
    Mar 30, 2005 at 10:40 PM

    Thanks for visiting my pages and I am so pleased ot have discovered your really well written pages on Malta. Valletta is so lovely - must come back and read more!


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