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Malta Project - Valetta – historic places to visit


Short about Valetta


Valletta is the capital of Malta and the city was built by Jean de la Valette. Jean de la Valette was the French Grand Master of the Order of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem. Within its limited boundaries, the city reflects some of Malta’s rich heritage of archaeology, history, architecture, art and culture. It’s also worth spending a good part of a morning walking round this beautiful city. A camera would come in handy, particularly for the views on both sides of Valletta from the streets, which are laid out in a grid-like fashion. There are also many of restaurants and cafes to visit.


Here you can read about 10 historic places.


The National Museum of Archaeology. This museum have more important collections covering Maltese archaeology that you can find in a city part which are called Auberge de Provence, Valletta was one of the Inns of the Knights of St John. Here you can find collections of prehistoric pottery, sculpture, statuettes, stone implements and personal ornaments recovered from the Maltese megalithic temples. Typical examples of tomb furniture of the Punic and Roman periods are also there. In two years the Museum has been refurbishment and now you can find new prehistoric galleries. In addition to these galleries. The Museum will also have floors dedicated to the Bronze, Punic, Roman, Byzantine, Baroque and modern ages.


The National Museum of Fine Arts.
This museum became located in an 18th century palace. Her you can find ouses paintings, sculptures, furniture and other exhibits connected with the Order of St John. Works by Domenico di Michelino, Carpaccio, Perugino, Tintoretto, Reni, Valentin, Mathias Stomer, Preti, Tiepolo, Favray and Vernet are permanently displayed. A section is reserved for works by Maltese artists. Occasional exhibitions, together with concerts and lectures, are also held here. In the monetarium a unique collection of coins and medals may be viewed by appointment.


St. John’s Co-Cathedral and Museum.
St John’s Co-Cathedral is formerly the Conventual’s Church of the Order, is historically and artistically one of the most important monuments on the island. It was built between 1573 and 1577 to the design of Gerolamo Cassar (1520-1586) who was chief engineer of the Order. The "Beheading of St John", Caravaggio’s masterpiece, hangs in the Oratory. The museum houses are a unique collection of Flemish tapestries, silver objects and church vestments.


Palace of the Grand Masters.
This palace was completed in 1574. It contains portraits of the Grand Masters of the Order and European monarchs, interesting furniture, and other works of art. It is A unique collection of Gobelin Tapestries hangs in the Tapestry Chamber and the main hall is decorated with frescoes by Perez d’Aleccio which depicting episodes from the Great Siege.


The Armoury Two halls.
Here you can find the Palace where arms and armour of various periods and descriptions are displayed.


Manoel Theatre. One of the oldest theatres in Europe, and you can lock at theatres still there.


National War Museum. In this house the historic, Fort St. Elmo was living. There is a showing contains an ever-increasing collection of war relics which range from Malta’s heroic Gladiator aircraft.


In Guardia Historical Parades At ST. ELMO.
During these parades, held throughout the year, then around ninety officers and men-at-arms in period costumes will perform a series of military drills in the eminent fort’s "Place of Arms". The ceremonial will include marching, changing of the guard, manning of posts, orders of the day, musketry and gunnery drill, parade fall-in, presentation of arms and colours. Cannon shots will also add to this unique show.


Mediterranean Conference Centre.
This building was originally a hospital or "Sacra Infermeria" of the Order of St John. It was constructed in 1574 under Grand Master Jean de la Cassiere and it was one of the foremost hospitals of the period in Europe. Food was served by the Knights themselves on silver plates, specimens of which, together with ceramic pharmacy jars, may be seen at the National Museum of Fine Arts. The restoration and conversion of this edifice into a first-call conference centre in 1976 won the "Europa Nostra Award" for Malta. The Exhibition Hall, formerly the Great Ward of the hospital, which measures 161 meters long, is believed to be one of the longest halls in Europe. The main conference hall is seating 1400 people and was destroyed by fire in 1987 and has since been rebuilt. The excellent 40 minute video show, which is called the Malta Experience, covering 5000 years of Maltese history, is housed in this centre.


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Just as we can see, Valletta is a exiting city, and has a great history. Several names, numbers are written in the text, and it therefore cute to use the text when you are walking on the Valletta’s roads.

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