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Valletta, the Baroque capital par excellence, was built in the 1560s by the Knights of the Order of St John to serve as their headquarters and it has remained the main administrative and commercial centre of the Maltese Islands ever since. Numerous hotels and guesthouses are to be found in Valletta, along with restaurants, cafeterias and wine-bars. In the evening, both locals as well as foreigners gather at the Valletta Waterfront for dinner, a drink with friends or simply for a promenade. 

Valletta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and will be European Capital of Culture in 2018. This is not surprising given the numerous historic, artistic and architectural jewels which the city possesses. The splendid facades of the palaces and churches provide a perfect backdrop for photography enthusiasts. For the visitors interested in history and art, the city provides a number of museums as well as a historic private house open to the public. Exhibitions are also organised all year round. And if one wishes to escape the hustle and bustle of the offices, shops and open-air market, there are three fine gardens to retreat to: Hastings Garden and the Upper and Lower Barrakka Gardens. 

Valletta is the perfect location for any event, providing a fine Baroque atmosphere along with all the necessary facilities and services one may require readily at hand. 
Interesting museums and sites to visit:

National Museum of Archaeology

Housed in the Auberge de Provence in Republic Street, the National Museum of Archaeology offers an interesting insight into Malta’s early history, focusing especially on the prehistoric era. Of particular note are the statuette of the Sleeping Lady, considered the apex of Maltese prehistoric sculpture, and the original decorated stones discovered at the Tarxien Temples. The museum is also enhanced by multi-sensory displays and an educational space for children.  

National Museum of Fine Arts

Housed in an exquisite palace in South Street, the National Museum of Fine Arts displays the most iconic works of visual art to be found in Malta dating back from the Late Medieval period up to the contemporary era. Of special significance is the collections of the famous Italian artist Mattia Preti, who was entrusted with the embellishment project of St John’s Co-Cathedral, and of the French painter Antoine de Favray, who was so loved by the Maltese nobility for his excellent skills in portraiture. 

Casa Rocca Piccola

A privately owned house, Casa Rocca Piccola allows the visitor to glimpse into the customs and traditions of the Maltese nobility over the last 400 years. The visitor may admire a splendid collection of balsamini, along with numerous paintings and pieces of furniture, as well as the interesting World War II Air Raid Shelters. 

St John’s Co-Cathedral

Commissioned in 1572 to serve as the conventual church of the Order of the Knights Hospitaller of St John, St John’s Co-Cathedral is truly a gem of baroque art. The church interior has been described by many art critics as the most beautiful church interior in Europe. The splendid ceiling boasts frescos by the celebrated artist Mattia Preti and the Oratory houses the famous painting of ‘The Beheading of St John the Baptist’, by Caravaggio. Annexed to the co-cathedral, one finds an interesting museum which displays, among other artefacts, a beautiful collection of Flemish tapestries. 

The Palace State Rooms and Armoury  

Originally built to serve as the Magisterial Palace of the Order of St John, the building served as the Governor’s Palace and was the seat of Malta’s first constitutional parliament in 1921. The palace today is the seat of the Office of the President of the Republic and the House of Parliament. The state rooms, beautifully decorated with the finest furniture and paintings, can be admired by the public. On the ground floor, the visitors may also see the palace armoury.

The Manoel Theatre

Commissioned in 1731 by Grandmaster António Manoel de Vilhena, the Manoel Theatre is the finest theatre on the island. Now officially the country’s National Theatre, over the years it has hosted countless productions by both local talent and international stars. Apart from the evening performances, tours of the theatre are also organised during the day. 

Valletta Living History  

Valletta Living History is a 35-minute multilingual docudrama depicting the history, culture and lifestyle of Malta and the Maltese people. Produced and screened in high definition, the show is screened at the Embassy Cinema. 

Malta 5D

Situated in Old Bakery Street, Malta 5D is a multisensory show which allows the visitor to explore the exciting episodes which characterise Malta’s vivid history and culture. Enhanced with amazing special effects, it is an enjoyable show for all ages.  




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Last Updated: 20 January 2015

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