November 09: The best of Malta & JESC 2014 in photos
VALLETTA, MALTA – Through this series of posts I wanna share with you the amazing country Malta is. A place with indescribable beauty a mix of European and oriental sentiment, a unit combination of amazing features and sight seeings. In this post I wanna talk about meeting the area of Valletta.
Having been to Sliema and St. Julians I now finally got to see the main capital, Valletta with the new parliament under construction and an area which is mostly a castle. Lots of restaurants and coffee shops all over, an ancient theatre which is still working for festivals and events, buildings that travel you throughout time and a magical inspiration.
The churches, the houses, the shops (even Tommy Hilfiger is available in Valletta) are simply amazing. They all travel you through the time and it will not be a surprise if a knight will appear from a corner. I also saw a Greek restaurant over there named “Olive”.
and now some historical information about Valleta
Valletta is the capital of Malta, colloquially known as Il-Belt (English: The City) in Maltese. It is located in the central-eastern portion of the island of Malta having its eastern coast with access to the Marsamxett Harbour and its western coast in the Grand Harbour. The historical city has a population of 6,675. Valletta is the second southernmost capital of the EU member states after Nicosia, Cyprus.
Valletta contains buildings from the 16th century onwards, built during the rule of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, also known as Knights Hospitaller. The city is essentially Baroque in character, with elements of Mannerist, Neo-Classical and Modern architecture in selected areas, though World War II left major scars on the city; particularly the demolition of The Royal Opera House. The City of Valletta was officially recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1980.
The official name given by the Order of Saint John was Humilissima Civitas Valletta—The Most Humble City of Valletta, or Città Umilissima in Italian. The bastions, curtains and ravelins along with the beauty of its Baroque palaces, gardens and churches, led the ruling houses of Europe to give the city its nickname Superbissima—Most Proud. (source: wikipedia.org)