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Explore the other streets of Valletta too. Merchant Street was the street where the city's people carried out their daily errands. A flea market is held here every morning - similar to the one held on Sundays by the bus terminal. Many fine buildings here too - such as this one Palazzo Parisio, where Napeloen lived for seven days in June 1798 . Today it houses the ministry of foreign affairs
Directions: opposite Post Ofice in Merchant St
The centre of Valletta main street is Republic Square with its surrounding cafes and bars and grand buildings such as the National Library - a grand venetian style late 18th century building. Amongst its collections are all archived material covering the history of the Knights from 1113 - 1798.
St Paul's lit up
Ok Valletta has many fine churches but I just want to show you one more.....
St Paul is considered to be the spiritual father of the maltese and many churches in Malta are named after St Paul. The Shipwreck of St Paul is a great event in the history of Malta and thus St Paul's Collegiate Church (Shipwreck Church) in Valletta is one of the most important in Malta. We were glad to be here when it was the festa day and the church was lit up like Blackpool illuminations!
Address: St Paul's Street
Directions: road inbetween Merchant St and Ursula St
new and old colours...
One of the chapels was closed for restoration work - the italian one if I remember correctly. We watched for a little while and it was incredible to see the difference in the colours being revealed. I hope some day to come back here and see the finished effect when alll the chapels have been restored - the interior will then beam with even more colour!
Enlarge this pic and even though it has scaffolding in the way you get an idea of the restoration work ongoing and the difference it will make.
The large white dome of this church is a landmark on the Valletta skyline. This was Valletta's first functional church and opened its doors to the public in 1570. It has obviously undergone several transformnations since then and greatly rebuilt after severe damage in WW2.
Directions: corner of Old Theatre Street and Old Mint Street
Grand Master's Palace
The Grand Master's place is a huge building and thus difficult to get a decent shot of. This was the official residence of the Grand Masters of the Knights until 1798 and is now home to Malta's parliament.
We didn't ger to view the state apartments and armoury which can be seen - there was too much else to fit in but it has lovely balconies running along its exterior.
On the outside walls of the Grand Master's Palace are various certificates for when it became independent and also the letter from Buckingham Place awarding the people of Malta the George Cross for their bravery during the war.
detail on Italian auberge.
This auberge was originally one storey but during the grandmastership of the Italian Gregorio Carafa a second was added. His bust can be seen above the doorway set within this amazing coat of arms - there was so much detail in it.
Address: Merchant Street
Normally the festa of St Paul's Shipwreck is Feb 10th but was brought forward due to Lent being early. The banners and decorations in the streets were all out and a party atmsosphere ensued - the actual processsion of the statue didn't take place though as possibility of rain meant the treasured staute that is normally paraded through the streets could be damaged. Even so it was a colourful expeience and if you are around for a festa - there are so many then go and enjoy the fun.
The Auberges were the grand inns of the order of the knights - one for each language group, only seven were in Valletta but not all have survived.
1.Auberge D'Allamagne was demolished to make room for the Anglican Cathedral of St Paul.
2. Auberge D'Dauvergne was demolished during the war and it has now replaced by the Law Courts.
3. Auberge De France was also demolished during the war and now been replaced by the Worker's Memorial Building.
4. Castille et Leon, by far the most magnificent of the seven, today houses the Office of the Prime Minister. During the British period it was used as the Army headquarters and later by NATO. The bust and coat of arms over the doorway is of Grad Master Pinto.
5. Auberge D'Aragon, just opposite the formed Auberge D'Allemagne today houses the Minister of Finance.
6. Auberge D'Italie today houses the Malta Tourism Authority, having housed the Law Courts in fromer times.
7. Auberge D'Provence today houses the National Museums of Archaeology
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