Founded in 1565 by the Order of St John as a refuge for soldiers returning from the Crusades, Valletta is now the capital of Malta and a piece of living history. With an unsurpassed collection of original Baroque architecture, fortified city walls overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, and the spectacular Co-Cathedral of St John, which features intricately carved stone vaults and a famed painting by Caravaggio, it is no wonder that this smallest of European capital cities is a world heritage site.
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This state of the art building is spread over four floors and is not your typical Postal Museum. It offers a run through of Maltese history from the 15th century. The Museum also boasts of two temporary gallery spaces, a large audio-visual room and merchandising store. The temporary gallery spaces currently offer a collection of photographic prints by Richard Ellis, and what is arguably the finest collection of works by Emvin Cremona, regarded by many as one of the best Maltese artists of the 20th century.
It was an interesting day in the postal museum. It is a paradise for those who collects stamps. There is a huge number of stamps, of different themes and time periods. It is full of photos and screens with movies about historic events in the story of post in Malta. The lady on the reception offered an exciting quest for our kids. They were searching for the secret sing to solve a riddle. It was wonderful. And in the end we made a photo of our family like a stamp. A pleasant souvenir to remember the trip. Thanks a lot to the lady in the museum!
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Built between 1573 and 1577, this cathedral contains two masterpieces by Caravaggio. St John’s Co-Cathedral is a gem of Baroque art and architecture. It was built as the conventual church for the Knights of St John. This church is till this very day an important shrine and a sacred place of worship. It is also a venue for cultural events. The construction was commissioned in 1572 by Grand Master Jean de la Cassière to serve as the conventual church of the Knights of Malta and designed by the Maltese military architect Gerolamo Cassar. The church was dedicated to St John the Baptist, the patron saint of the Order. The oratory holds the biggest and only signed masterpiece by Caravaggio. St John’s church is administered by the St John’s Co-Cathedral Foundation responsible for the religious cultural heritage of the monument.
Amazing Cathedral and unique all the key knights of Malta are represented (Germany, Auvergne, Provence, etc..) and you get to see some stunning paintings from Caravaggio especially the beheading of St John the Baptist
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I visited the Church of St Paul's shipwreck back in early October when i was visiting Malta.I got lost trying to find the church its not the most easiest of places to find.It's tucked away down a side street. I felt safe visiting this church as a lone traveler to Valletta. I found the church to be very dark inside. The decor is so spectacular as is the Magnificent stone floor though out the church. I liked all he areas of the church its all beautiful and well worth a visit.
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If you fancy seeing something a little bit different when visiting Valletta go to Casa Rocca Piccola. Often described as a ‘living museum’ it is the only privately owned palace open to the public in the city. Built over 400 years ago for a Knight of Malta, Don Pietro La Rocca it is now the ancestral home of a Maltese Noble family. On your tour the guides will point out interesting things to see such as an 18th Century golden Sedan Chair. There are literally hundreds of magnificent objects to see including modern paintings interspersed with the ancestral portraits of the Marquises de Piro and the Barons of Budach. You will also see a network of tunnels cut out from the rock under Casa Rocca Piccola which were used as Bomb Shelters in World War 2. Over 100 people sheltered here from the Nazi bombs that poured on Valletta. To finish your tour in the cellars of the house there is a delightful Sicilian restaurant called La Giara.
This magnificent 16th-century palace of a noble Maltese family is the only privately-owned palazzo open to the public and definitely a “must see.” Owned by the Marquis de Piro, the family lives above the two floors that are open to the public, and they use those floors when tours are not going on. Greeted by a large blue and yellow macaw, we started the tour in the enclosed courtyard/garden, enjoying the fountain and the lovely garden. Upstairs we toured the main floor--sitting rooms, dining rooms (one winter/one summer), bedrooms, a study, and a small chapel. We also toured the basement. Originally a well for the house, it was converted to bomb shelter rooms during WWII—one for the family and two others for the local citizens. (Malta was heavily bombed during WWII since it served as Eisenhower’s headquarters for the invasion of Sicily and Italy.) The furnishings and artwork were magnificent, but unlike many palaces that we have visited which seem cold and sterile, this one gave us a really cozy, lived-in feeling. The tour was wonderful. Not only did we get a feel for the house and the family, but also for the place this house held in the history of Malta.
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Visitors at Fort St Elmo can experience the impressive grounds of the fort, including the splendid architecture of the two chapels dedicated to St Anne. Among the most notable artefacts inside the museum one finds the military armour of the Order of St John and the Ottoman Turks, the Gloster Sea Gladiator N5520 FAITH, Roosevelt’s Jeep ‘Husky’, and Malta’s award for gallantry, the George Cross.
Malta has a glorious chapter of its very own during WWII. Europe was completely dominated and run over by the axis with the exception of Britain and tiny Malta G.C.This does send a message of the Maltese incredible resilience when it really mattered most! Thisis the museum where one could appreciate the unparalleled bravery of the Maltese, hand in hand with the British and the allies particularly during 1942. There is the Gladiator aircraft on display, left from the famour 'Faith, Hope, and Charity' trio. One can also see the Actual George Cross medal which is the greatest testimony of 'gallantry', bravery and heroism by the Maltese during world war II.
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One of the oldest, active theatres in Europe dating to 1731.
We visited the theatre and it is absolutely beautiful, well worth the entrance money to be able to explore the beautiful theatre and would love to see a performance within the venue A must for any theatre lover visiting Valetta/Malta
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Valetta Valetta is a beautiful walled capital that is steeped in history with lots of small alleyways and quaint little bars n restaurants this is a must to visit when holidaying in malta easy to be reached by local malta transport buses from anywhere on the island, we decided to visit to see the market we took a taxi from the north of the island to the market cost us €40 for the trip there the market is just outside the city it was a bit disappointing it seemed like a boot sale market with only a few stalls might be as end of season in October Notte Bianca 2019 This is a night festival held only on one night in October the whole of Valetta is closed to all but pedestrians all government buildings in the capital are open late and are free restaurants spread tables all around pavements street entertainers are out and about entertaining the crowds and yes valetta sees over a third of the island population inc visitors on this night turn up musicians also entertain including jazz,marching band music and in the big square topmusic from hip hop n rap musicians from X Factor a great night out
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The Lascaris War Rooms consist of an underground complex of tunnels and chambers that housed the War Headquarters from where the defence of Malta was conducted during the Second World War.This secret complex contained operations rooms for each of the fighting services from where not only the air defence of Malta was coordinated, but also some of the greatest battles fought in the Mediterrean during the war. In July 1943, the Lascaris War Rooms served as the advance headquarters for the Invasion of Sicily (Operation Husky)by Generals Eisenhower, Montgomery, Alexander and Clark and Air Marshal Tedder and Admiral Cunningham. It went on being used under different forms by both the British services and Nato up to 1977.
We went to the war rooms on a whim and one of best parts of day! Did the guided tour in English with Matthew who really knew his stuff and was funny and informative at the same time. Not that big so can do in a hour or 2 but really important location in islands history.
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We paid the 3 euros to enter the saluting battery level and felt it absolutely worth it. Not only was the view of the harbour fantastic, but we had front row "seats" when the noonday gun was fired. We were able to ask questions of one of the re-enactment team as it was happening and then had a short lecture and full Q&A session with the wonderful Benjamin, who taught me more about cannons and their place in naval history (and especially the history behind the 21 gun salute) than I'd gleaned from many other visits to historic ships over the years.
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Recently We had a family wedding at lower barrakka with fantastic views of the Maltese Beautiful Harbour. Never had a wedding there before it was a great experience as it is feasts time there where fireworks too from the other side of the harbour :) . It's a nice place for Maltese and Tourists to visit during sunset as it's spectacular to watch sun going down :).
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