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Culture of Valletta. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Old Naval Hospital and Lift, The Grand Harbour, Valletta-Three Cities Valetta is famous for its religious monuments. The territory of the city is home to approximately 300 old churches and cathedrals. St John's Co-Cathedral is one of the most famous landmarks of the city. The building of the beautiful church took place in the second half of the 16th century. The church exhibits a masterpiece of the international level – the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist. The precious painting was brought to the chapel of the church soon after its building.
The building of Valetta started yet in 1566. At that time the city was used as a powerful protective facility. Valetta was surrounded by thick walls, behind which were hiding cozy streets … Open
A no less important landmark of Valetta is located in its suburbs. This is the Ghar Dalam Cave. During the archaeological excavations, which took place in the cave, scientists found skeletons of ancient animals and traces of first settlements that appeared on the island yet during the prehistoric era. There is a museum nearby where visitors can see precious findings of archaeologists. Among the relics exhibited, travelers will find skeletons and bones of animals that disappeared thousands of years ago.
Returning to architectural landmarks of Valetta, it is simply impossible to fail to mention the Grandmaster’s Palace. The height of the gorgeous building is 97 meters, and the length of its walls is 83 meters. The magnificent baroque building was constructed for the Maltese order in 1569. Visitors of the excursion have an opportunity to admire the grandiose building and the design of inner premises, walk in picturesque inner yards with old fountains and statues. Copyright
Valetta invites its guests to attend elegant restaurants and charming cafes that are perfect for relaxing after excursions or for a romantic dinner. Not far away from the Cathedral, … Open
Besides the museum in the outskirts of the city, there is the National Museum of Archaeology in Valetta. The exhibition of this large museum includes a collection of old jewelry, religious artifacts, pottery, and tools. Many precious items exhibited in the museum were found in Maltese shrines and belong to different periods. The Museum of Fine Arts is open in a beautiful historical building. Among the items exhibited in the museum, one can see many precious paintings and sculptures, the age of which is more than a hundred years. A separate hall is dedicated to works of modern Maltese artists and outstanding photographers.
Fort St. Elmo; Valletta Fans of walking and exploring beautiful places will be delighted with their visit to the Upper Barrakka Garden that is located in the mountains. There is a large observation deck that offers a breath-taking panorama of the city and its neighborhoods. Tourists should also not forget to explore the Grand Harbour as it is considered the most attractive place in the city.
Local people are very friendly and open-minded. They are always glad to meet new guests and treat foreign tourists with curiosity and trust. Valetta locals do not like to hurry. They will … Open
Parliament Building is always present in the list of the most popular landmarks in Valetta. The strikingly looking construction was designed by Renzo Piano and finished in 2014. The building consists of two massive stone blocks that are held high in the air and supported by stilts. Despite the heavy use of stone, the blocks look airy and weightless thanks to a special cutting. Moreover, the Parliament Building is covered with 600 square meters of photovoltaic panels. They generate enough energy to almost completely cover the energy demands of the building, including heating and air conditioning.
Valletta harbour Travelers interested in history will find it interesting to visit the National War Museum. The museum was closed for restoration purposes and reopened back in 2015 once the restoration of Fort St. Elmo was finished. A visit to this venue is the best way to learn more about the wartime history of Malta starting from the Great Siege, then WWWII, the role of Malta in Cold War, and until the role of the country in modern Europe. The exhibition is quite immersive and offers interesting audiovisual displays, which make history more exciting and less boring. There are also some interesting artifacts, such as the Gloster Gladiator biplane or the George Cross medal that all Malta residents received in 1942.
Valetta offers a range of interesting and entertaining venues for its guests. Colorful markets and shopping centers, romantic nightclubs and energetic discos simply cannot leave tourists … Open
Valletta is known, first of all, as a well-fortified city – it is a kind of “bridge” between the East and the West, and therefore many battles took place here. The lovers of military history and fortification constructions will be excited about the sights that can be seen here. For these purposes, the area in which the fortress gates lead to is the most interesting one – it is here that the greatest number of defensive sights is located. It is quite easy to locate the gates – the Triton Fountain serves as a reference point. The city gates are especially impressive in the evening when the building is beautifully illuminated. A walk here gets a romantic “sound”.
Valletta, Malta It is also worth highlighting the Fort Ricasoli which is located near the capital of Malta. The fort was built in the 17th century and was controlling the eastern passage to Valletta bay. During World War II, it was heavily damaged by bombing. It was only until 1958 that the British army settled here, and during that time many buildings were partially restored. By the way, it was here that many famous Hollywood historical films were shot – like “Troy”, “Gladiator”, and “Munich”. The Lascaris War Rooms, which played an important role in the defense during World War II, is also interesting. Nearby is located an open-air museum, Saluting Battery, where you can learn a lot about that time.
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There are two monuments to the victims of war in Valetta and they are peculiar works of art. The first one can be found at the pier – it is called a Siege Bell War Memorial and is a bronze bell-memorial weighing 10 tons. Every day at 12:00 there is a ringing sound, reminding people of those who gave their lives during the Second World War. It is outstanding for the fact that it was founded in 1993, and Elizabeth II and the President of Malta were present during the opening. If you go up from here, you will see a beautiful view of the harbor and a observational point, from which three cities can be beheld – Senglea, Birgu, and Kalkara. The second memorial is simply called War Memorial. It is located on the outskirts of a city called Floriana and is dedicated to those who died during the First World War. It is an obelisk in the form of a Latin cross.
Sailing into Valletta, Malta Fort St Elmo today is a place where the Military Museum is located. Here you will be told about all the wars in which Malta participated – and there were a lot of them, from the attack of the Turkish army to the Second World War. It is notable that the fort is very powerful; it is very hard to fight your way through it even with modern weapons. There are also attractions of non-military nature in the city. Consequently, Auberge de Castille is famous for its unsurpassed architecture. The palace was built (translated to mean “Castillian Compound”) in the middle of the 16th century on the highest point of the capital of Malta.
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Cathedrals and basilicas near Valletta
♥   Katidral Metropolitan Ta’ San Pawl, Mdina, 10.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Bażilika San Gorg, Victoria, 29.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Santwarju Ta’ Pinu, Għarb, 32.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Iconic cultural sights of Malta

Despite its small size, Malta is one of the most valuable regions in terms of culture and history. The earliest historical events in the territory of modern Malta took place 7 thousand years ago, when the legendary Phoenicians lived in Malta. The Arab era, the Italian influence, and British colonization left an imprint on the architecture of the country. The Order of the Knights Hospitaller, which is still based in the castle on the territory of the country, for 250 years supported and developed art. Therefore in local museums, except for paleontology, history and natural sciences, you can find magnificent galleries with the works of the best artists in the World. … Open
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