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Valletta
Coat of arms of Valletta
Coat of arms

Motto: Città Umilissima Image File history File links Valletta_coa. ... A modern coat of arms is derived from the medi val practice of painting designs onto the shield and outer clothing of knights to enable them to be identified in battle, and later in tournaments. ... For other uses, see Motto (disambiguation). ...


Official name: Humilissima Civitas Valletta
Inhabitants' name: Belti (m), Beltija (f), Beltin (pl)
Other names: Il-Belt

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Latitude: 35°53 '52" N
Longitude: 14°30 '45" E
Area: 0.55km²
Population total: 6,315 (November 2005)
Population density: 13,909/km²
Borders: Floriana
Patron saint: St. Paul, Saint Dominic, Saint Augustine, Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Day of festa: February 10,July 16
Website: http://www.cityofvalletta.org/

Valletta (Maltese: Il-Belt Valletta, commonly referred to as Il-Belt - 'The City') is the capital city of Malta. The city has a population of 6,315 (official estimate for 2005). It is located in the central-eastern portion of the island of Malta, where Scebberras Hill juts out into the surrounding harbours. The mayor of Valletta is Paul Borg Olivier. This article is about the geographical term. ... Longitude is the east-west geographic coordinate measurement most commonly utilized in cartography and global navigation. ... Map of populations by country The largest religious gathering on Earth. ... Floriana is a town in Malta, just outside the capital city Valletta. ... Saint Quentin is the patron saint of locksmiths and is also invoked against coughs and sneezes. ... Paul of Tarsus (b. ... Saint Dominic (Spanish: Domingo), also known as Dominic of Osma, often called Dominic de Guzmán and Domingo de Guzmán Garcés (1170 – August 6, 1221) was the founder of the Friars Preachers, popularly called the Dominicans or Order of Preachers (OP), a Catholic religious order. ... St. ... Our Lady of Mount Carmel is a title given to Mary, the mother of Jesus, in honor of her having given the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel to Saint Simon Stock. ... The culture of Malta is a reflection of various cultures that have come into contact with the Maltese Islands throughout the centuries, including neighbouring Mediterranean cultures, and the cultures of the nations that ruled Malta for long periods of time prior to its independence in 1964. ... is the 41st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 197th day of the year (198th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... Map. ...


Valletta, the Città Umilissima is Baroque in character, however it has elements of Mannerism, Neo-Classical with hints of Modern architecture located in selected areas. Valletta did not escape World War II unscathed; although it remained essentially Baroque in character, the war left major scars on the city. In 1980 the City of Valletta was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.[1] Baroque architecture, starting in the early 17th century in Italy, took the humanist Roman vocabulary of Renaissance architecture and used it in a new rhetorical, theatrical, sculptural fashion, expressing the triumph of absolutist church and state. ... In Parmigianinos Madonna with the Long Neck (1534-40), Mannerism makes itself known by elongated proportions, affected poses, and eerie perspective. ... The Cathedral of Vilnius (1783), by Laurynas Gucevičius. ... Modern architecture, not to be confused with contemporary architecture, is a term given to a number of building styles with similar characteristics, primarily the simplification of form and the elimination of ornament. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... For other uses, see Baroque (disambiguation). ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) is a specialized agency of the United Nations established in 1945. ... A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a specific site (such as a forest, mountain, lake, desert, monument, building, complex, or city) that has been nominated and confirmed for inclusion on the list maintained by the international World Heritage Programme administered by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, composed of 21 State...

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Name

The Valletta skyline, as seen from Sliema

The official name the Order of Saint John gave to the city was Humilissima Civitas Valletta — The Most Humble City of Valletta. However, with the building of bastions, curtains and ravelins, along with the beauty of the baroque buildings along its streets, it became known as Superbissima — 'Most Proud', amongst the ruling houses of Europe. In Maltese it is colloquially known as Il-Belt, simply meaning "The City". Download high resolution version (2272x1704, 1655 KB)Valletta skyline. ... Download high resolution version (2272x1704, 1655 KB)Valletta skyline. ... Water front of Sliema, with the Portomaso tower in the background Sliema (or Tas-Sliema) is a town located on the northeast coast of Malta. ... Baron Vassiliev, a 19th-century Knight Commander The Knights Hospitaller (also known as the Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta, Knights of Malta, Knights of Rhodes, and Chevaliers of Malta) was an organization that began as an Amalfitan hospital founded in Jerusalem in 1080... For the medieval saint of the same name, see Saint Humility. ... The point of a bastion on a reconstructed French fort in Illinois. ... A ravelin is a triangular fortification, detached outwork in front of the bastions. ... For other uses, see Baroque (disambiguation). ...


Benjamin Disraeli visited Valletta in August 1830 , on the recommendation of his friend, Lord Byron. He described Valletta as "a city of palaces built by gentlemen for gentlemen," and remarked that "Valletta, equals in its noble architecture, if it does not excel, any capital in Europe," and in subsequent letters to friends, that it is "comparable to Venice and Cádiz...not a single tree, but full of palaces worthy of Palladio." Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield (December 21, 1804 - April 24, British Conservative Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and author. ... Lord Byron, English poet Lord Byron (1803), as painted by Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, (January 22, 1788 – April 19, 1824) was the most widely read English language poet of his day. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Venice (disambiguation). ... Location Location of Cádiz Coordinates : Time Zone : General information Native name Cádiz (Spanish) Spanish name Cádiz Postal code – Website http://www. ... Illustration from a 1736 English edition of I Quattro Libri dellArchitettura. ...


Government

Dr. Paul Borg Olivier is the Mayor of Valletta and has been leading the City Council since 1999 . Dr. Borg Olivier was elected on the Nationalist Party Ticket (PN), an affiliate of the European People's Party, which holds the majority of the Council. The Nationalist Party (PN, Maltese: Partit Nazzjonalista) is one of two major contemporary political parties in Malta, along with the Malta Labour Party. ... The European Peoples Party (EPP) is the largest transnational European political party. ...


History

The foundation stone of Valletta was laid by the Grandmaster of the Order of Saint John, Jean Parisot de la Valette, on 28 March 1566; The Order (which was the long-time ruler of the city and the island) decided to found a new city on the Xiberras peninsula just after the end of the Siege of Malta in 1565, so as to fortify the Order's position in Malta, effectively binding the Knights to the island. The city was designed by Francesco Laparelli, while many of the most important buildings were built by Gerolamo Cassar. Valletta, hence, is an urban area which boasts many buildings from the 16th century and onwards, but most of them were built during the time of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem (the Knights Hospitaller, or Knights of Malta). Jean Parisot de Valette Jean Parisot de Valette (born in 1494[?]; died in Malta, 21 August 1568) was born into a noble family in Quercy. ... is the 87th day of the year (88th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Events January 7 - Pius V becomes Pope Selim II succeeds Suleiman I as Sultan of the Ottoman Empire Religious rioting in the Netherlands signifies the beginning of the Eighty Years War in the Netherlands. ... // Combatants Ottoman Turks Knights Hospitaller Commanders Lala Kara Mustafa Pasha, Piyale Pasha, Turgut Reis Jean Parisot de la Valette Strength 22,000-48,000 6,100-8,500 Casualties < 25,000 - 35,000 2,500, plus 7,000 civilians, and 500 slaves The Siege of Malta (also known as the... The Knights Hospitaller (the or Knights of Malta or Knights of Rhodes) is a tradition which began as a Benedictine nursing Order founded in the 11th century based in the Holy Land, but soon became a militant Christian Chivalric Order under its own charter, and was charged with the care... Baron Vassiliev, a 19th-century Knight Commander The Knights Hospitaller (also known as the Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta, Knights of Malta, Knights of Rhodes, and Chevaliers of Malta) was an organization that began as an Amalfitan hospital founded in Jerusalem in 1080... The Knights Hospitaller (also known as Knights of Rhodes, Knights of Malta, Cavaliers of Malta, and the Order of St. ...


On 28 March 1566, the building of the city was inaugurated, with La Valette himself placing the first stone, where there is now the Church of Our Lady of Victories. The city's plan was somewhat new to the Maltese Islands, as while other towns and cities had irregular winding streets and alleys, the new city had a rectangular design, without any Collacchio, that is an area restricted for important buildings. The streets were to be wide and straight, with the one in the middle starting from the City Gate and ending up at Fort Saint Elmo on the other end. Some of the bastions were to be 153 feet tall. is the 87th day of the year (88th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Events January 7 - Pius V becomes Pope Selim II succeeds Suleiman I as Sultan of the Ottoman Empire Religious rioting in the Netherlands signifies the beginning of the Eighty Years War in the Netherlands. ... Fort St Elmo is a fortification on the island of Malta. ...


Unfortunately, La Valette never saw the completion of the city, as he died on 21 August 1568, aged 74. He was buried in the church of Our Lady of the Victories, but after the St. John's Co-Cathedral was built, his remains were taken there. His tomb is now surrounded by those of the rest of the Grand Masters. is the 233rd day of the year (234th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Events March 23 - Peace of Longjumeau ends the Second War of Religion in France. ... St Johns Co-Cathedral. ...


After the Knights and the brief French interlude, the next building boom in Valletta occurred during the British rule. Gates were widened, buildings demolished and rebuilt, houses widened and civic projects installed; however, the whole city and its infrastructure were damaged by air raids in World War II, notably losing its majestic opera house constructed at the city entrance in the 19th century. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... The Valletta Royal Opera House was an opera house and performing arts venue in Valletta, Malta. ...


Geography

St. Ursola Street, Valletta
St. Ursola Street, Valletta

The Valletta peninsula, which is fed by the two natural harbours of Marsamxett and the Grand Harbour, is Malta's major port, with unloading quays at Marsa; a cruise-liner terminal has been built recently in the Grand Harbour, along the old sea-wall of the duty free stores built by Grandmaster Manuel Pinto de Fonseca. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (611x798, 190 KB) Summary La Valletta, Malta - 2004 Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Valletta User:Samoano ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (611x798, 190 KB) Summary La Valletta, Malta - 2004 Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Valletta User:Samoano ... A peninsula in Croatia A peninsula is a piece of land that is bordered on three or more sides by water. ... Marsamxett Harbour is the northern of Vallettas two natural harbours on the island of Malta, separated from the southern one (Grand Harbour) by the Valetta peninsular. ... Grand Harbour (in Maltese: Il-Port il-Kbir) is a natural harbour on the island of Malta. ... For other uses, see Port (disambiguation). ... Marsa is a town south of Malta. ... The Valletta Waterfront, in Valletta, Malta, is Grand Master Pintos baroque Wharf built in the 18th Century, currently being used as bars and restaurants after a recent thorough restoration process. ... Emmanuel Pinto de Fonseca. ...


The city contains several buildings of historic importance, amongst which are St John's Co-Cathedral, formerly the Conventual Church of the Knights of Malta and home to the largest single work by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, his only signed work, and a priceless collection of seventeenth-century Flemish tapestries (alongside Republic Street); the Auberge de Castille et Leon, formerly the official seat of the Knights of Malta of the Langue of Castille, Léon and Portugal, now the office of the Prime Minister of Malta (found on the highest point of the city, above the bastions); the Magisterial Palace, built between 1571 and 1574, formerly the seat of the Grand Master of the Knights of Malta, now housing the Maltese Parliament and the offices of the President of Malta (opposite Palace Square along Republic Street); the National Museum of Fine Arts, a Rococo palace dating back to the late 1570s, which served as the official residence of the Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean Fleet during the British era, from 1789 onwards (in South Street); the National Museum of Archaeology, formerly the Auberge de Provence (Republic Street); the Manoel Theatre (Teatru Manwel, in Maltese), constructed in just ten months in 1731, by order of Grand Master Antonio Manoel de Vilhena, and one of the oldest working theatres in Europe; the Mediterranean Conference Centre, formerly the Sacra Infermeria, built in 1574, one of Europe's most renowned hospitals during the time of the Knights of Malta; and the fortifications themselves, built by the Knights as a magnificent series of bastions, demi-bastions, ravelins and curtains, approximately 100 metres high, designed to protect the city from attack. St Johns Co-Cathedral St. ... The Knights Hospitaller (also known as Knights of Rhodes, Knights of Malta, Cavaliers of Malta, and the Order of St. ... For other uses, see Caravaggio (disambiguation). ... The Knights Hospitaller (also known as Knights of Rhodes, Knights of Malta, Cavaliers of Malta, and the Order of St. ... The Knights Hospitaller (also known as Knights of Rhodes, Knights of Malta, Cavaliers of Malta, and the Order of St. ... Coat of arms of Provence Provence (Provençal Occitan: Provença in classical norm or Prouvènço in Mistralian norm) was a Roman province and now is a region of southeastern France on the Mediterranean Sea adjacent to Italy. ... Manoel Theatre auditorium, viewed from the stage. ... For the fortification of food, see Food fortification. ... The Knights Hospitaller (also known as Knights of Rhodes, Knights of Malta, Cavaliers of Malta, and the Order of St. ...

Aerial view of Valletta.

Valletta has a suburb, Floriana, which was built on the outside part of the Valletta bastions and on the inner part of the Floriana Lines, hence leaving an area between these two lines to house those that could not afford a house in Valletta. Another area for such people is located within Valletta's own walls: In the original plans, the Order wanted a man-made creek to house the navy, however this could not be completed, and so the area, known as Manderaggio (in Maltese 'il-Mandraġġ'), was taken over by the homeless, so resulting in a jumble of buildings with dark alleyways in despicable sanitary conditions. The Manderaggio was partially demolished in the 1950s so as to build a housing area in Valletta. The area still remains a shabby area, yet still it is better than it was before. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (549x757, 63 KB) Source: www. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (549x757, 63 KB) Source: www. ... Floriana is a town in Malta, just outside the capital city Valletta. ... The Floriana Lines are a line of fortification outside the capital city of Malta, Valletta. ...


Demographics

The population of Valletta has steadily decreased over the years, and is now reduced to about a third of its peak. This process was heavily accelerated after World War II as new development in outlying suburbs marked a shift of the population away from the capital city, but it continues as the centre of Malta's commercial and administrative activity. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...


Transport

Republic Street - a pedestrianised street in Valletta
Republic Street - a pedestrianised street in Valletta

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Buses

Malta's public transport system, which uses buses, operates mostly on routes to or from Valletta, with their central terminus just outside the city's entrance. Traffic within the city itself is restricted, with some principal roads being completely pedestrian areas. City Gate - Bieb il-Belt as it is known in Maltese is the main entrance to city of Valletta. ...


Park and Ride

In 2006, a park and ride system was implemented in order to increase the availability of parking spaces in the vicinity of the city. People can leave their personal vehicles in a Floriana parking lot and transfer to a van for the rest of the trip, which takes a mere few minutes. a park-and-ride bus in Oxford Park and ride terminals are public transport stations that allow commuters to drive short distances in their personal automobiles to catch a ride on a bus or railroad system (usually classified as light rail or the heavier commuter rail). ... Floriana is a town in Malta, just outside the capital city Valletta. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Controlled Vehicular Access

In 2007, a Controlled Vehicular Access system was implemented in order to reduce long-term parking stays and traffic while promoting business in the city [1]. An ANPR-based automated system takes photos of vehicles as they enter and exit the charging zone and vehicle owners get billed according to the duration of their stay. Various exemptions and flexible billing rules make the system the next evolutionary step of systems like London's congestion charge system. The system must be able to deal with different styles of licence plates Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) is a mass surveillance method that uses optical character recognition on images to read the licence plates on vehicles. ...


Valletta Main Roads

  • Misraħ Kastilja (Castille Place)
  • Misraħ Sant' Iermu (St. Elmo Place)
  • Triq il-Fran (Old Bakery Street)
  • Triq il-Lanċa (Boat Street)
  • Triq il-Lvant (East Street)
  • Triq il-Punent(west street)
  • Triq il-Mediterran (Mediterrean Street)
  • Triq ir-Repubblika (Republic Street)
  • Triq it-Teatru l-Antik (Old Theatre Street)
  • Triq l-Assedju l-Kbir (Great Siege Road)
  • Triq Marsamxett (Marsamxett Street)
  • Triq Melita (Melita Street)
  • Triq San Bastjan (St. Sebastian Street)
  • Triq San Kristofru (St. Christopher Street)
  • Triq San Mark (St. Mark Street)
  • Triq Spur (Spur Street)
  • Xatt il-Barriera (Quarry Wharf)
  • Triq San Duminku (St. Dominic Street)

Main sights

Churches

St John's Co-Cathedral
St John's Co-Cathedral

Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x768, 408 KB)Magnificient church, the most striking interior I have ever seen. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x768, 408 KB)Magnificient church, the most striking interior I have ever seen. ... St Johns Co-Cathedral St. ... Our Lady of Victories Church was the first building completed in Valletta, Malta. ... St Johns Co-Cathedral St. ... The Carmelite Church was the first to be used for spiritual functions during the building of the city in mid of 16th century. ... St Pauls Anglican Cathedral is a Cathedral in Valletta, Malta, commissioned by Queen Adelaide during a visit to Malta in the 19th Century, when she found out that there was no place of Anglican worship on the island. ... Kerikeri is a popular tourist destination in the Bay of Islands on the North Island of New Zealand, about three hours drive north of Auckland, and 60 kilometres north of Whangarei. ... St Francis of Assisi Church, dedicated to St Francis of Assisi (in Maltese: San Franġisk tAssisi), in Valletta (the capital city of Malta), was built in 1598 and was completed by 1607. ... St Augustine Church (in Maltese: il-Knisja ta Santu Wistin) is one of the churches built during the creation of the new city of Valletta, Malta. ... In 1692, Fr Andrea, a Maltese Jesuit from Valletta, Malta, opened the building as a conservatory for girls. ... The Jesuits Church is one of the oldest churches in Valletta, Malta, and one of the largest in the diocese. ... Saint Dominic (Spanish: Domingo), also known as Dominic of Osma, often called Dominic de Guzmán and Domingo de Guzmán Garcés (1170 – August 6, 1221) was the founder of the Friars Preachers, popularly called the Dominicans or Order of Preachers (OP), a Catholic religious order. ... Pope St. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... St. ...

Palaces

  • Grandmaster's Palace - houses the Parliament of Malta
  • Auberge de Castille - houses the Office of the Prime Minister of Malta
  • Auberge d'Aragon - houses the Ministry of Finance
  • Auberge d'Italie - houses the Malta Tourism Authority
  • Auberge de Provence - houses the National Museum of Archaeology
  • Auberge de Bavière - houses Ministry of Justice and Home Affairs
  • Casa Rocca Piccola - private residence open to the public
  • Palazzo Francia - houses a number of offices and shops
  • Palazzo Parisio - houses the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Palazzo Castellania - houses the Ministry of Health, the Elderly and Community Care
  • National Museum of Fine Arts

Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2448 × 3264 pixel, file size: 2. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2448 × 3264 pixel, file size: 2. ... The Grandmasters Palace is a palace in Valletta, Malta, currently housing the House of Representatives of Malta. ... The Grandmasters Palace is a palace in Valletta, Malta, currently housing the House of Representatives of Malta. ... The Prime Minister of Malta is the most powerful figure within the government of Malta, although the President of Malta has a higher rank. ... Auberge dAragon is a palace in Malta that was designed by Girolamo Cassar in 1571, five years after the establishment of Valletta. ... This article needs cleanup. ...

Museums

St Johns Co-Cathedral St. ... The Grandmasters Palace is a palace in Valletta, Malta, currently housing the House of Representatives of Malta. ... Fort St Elmo is a fortification on the island of Malta. ... Coat of arms of Provence Provence (Provençal Occitan: Provença in classical norm or Prouvènço in Mistralian norm) was a Roman province and now is a region of southeastern France on the Mediterranean Sea adjacent to Italy. ... Manoel Theatre auditorium, viewed from the stage. ...

Theatres

An old postcard of the Royal Opera House, bombed to the ground during World War II
An old postcard of the Royal Opera House, bombed to the ground during World War II

Image File history File links Royal_Opera_House. ... Image File history File links Royal_Opera_House. ... The Valletta Royal Opera House was an opera house and performing arts venue in Valletta, Malta. ... Manoel Theatre auditorium, viewed from the stage. ... The Valletta Royal Opera House was an opera house and performing arts venue in Valletta, Malta. ...

Piazzas

  • St John's Square (Misraħ San Ġwann)
  • St George's Square (Misraħ San Ġorġ)
  • Queen's Square (Pjazza Reġina)
  • Great Siege Square (Misraħ l-Assedju l-Kbir)
  • Freedom Square (Misraħ il-Ħelsien)
  • Castile Square (Misraħ Kastilja)

St Johns Co-Cathedral. ... Queens Square is a small square found in front of the National Library in Valletta. ... Freedom Square under Construction Freedom Square (formerly known as Lenin Square) is located in the center of Tbilisi at the end of Rustaveli Avenue. ...

Gardens

Lower Barrakka Gardens
Lower Barrakka Gardens

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Forts

Fort St Elmo is a fortification on the island of Malta. ... St. ...

Other

City Gate - Bieb il-Belt as it is known in Maltese is the main entrance to city of Valletta. ... The Castellania in Merchants Street, Valletta, Malta, houses the offices for the Ministry of Health. ... The Valletta Waterfront, in Valletta, Malta, is Grand Master Pintos baroque Wharf built in the 18th Century, currently being used as bars and restaurants after a recent thorough restoration process. ... Triton Fountain The Triton Fountain at situated in the centre of the main bus terminus at Valletta in Malta, starting point to all of the islands bus routes. ...

Culture

Band Clubs

  • King's Own Band Club (L-Għaqda Mużikali King's Own)
  • La Vallette National Philarmonic Society (Is-Soċjetà Filarmonika Nazzjonali La Vallette)

Music

The capital city was the mecca of jazz music in Malta, introduced in the lively Strait Street area frequented by Royal Navy sailors. The famous Cafe Premier in Republic Square hosted many jazz formations. Valletta was also the host of the esteemed Malta Jazz Festival up to 2005. Republic Square - View towards the opera house. ...


Carnival

Valletta is the scene of Malta's boisterous annual Carnival held in February leading up to Lent. This article describes the festival season. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... It has been suggested that Cuaresma be merged into this article or section. ...


Feasts

The feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel are celebrated with devotion every 16 July, Saint Dominic is celebrated in Valletta on August 4 or before, whilst the feast of Saint Augustine is celebrated on the third sunday after easter. A procession of St. Rita is also carried out. The renowned feast of St.Paul's Shipwreck also takes place every year on the 10th of February Our Lady of Mount Carmel is a title given to Mary, the mother of Jesus, in honor of her having given the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel to Saint Simon Stock. ... is the 197th day of the year (198th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Saint Dominic (Spanish: Domingo), also known as Dominic of Osma, often called Dominic de Guzmán and Domingo de Guzmán Garcés (1170 – August 6, 1221) was the founder of the Friars Preachers, popularly called the Dominicans or Order of Preachers (OP), a Catholic religious order. ... Augustinus redirects here. ... St. ...


Sports

Valletta is also renowned for its football club, Valletta FC, one of the top football clubs on the Maltese island. Valletta Football Club is a football team in La Valletta, Malta. ...


Valletta also has its own Basketball team, Valletta Ballers.


Marsamuscetto (Marsamxett) also has its "Regatta" (Rowing) Team, which takes part in the annual traditional Regatta on Victory Day (8th September).


In 1980, Valletta played host to the many nations attending the 24th Chess Olympiad. The Chess Olympiad is a chess event which has been officially organised by FIDE since 1927 and takes place in even years. ...


In popular culture

  • The lower part of Strait Street (Strada Stretta) is a former Red Light district lined with bars which was very popular with sailors in Malta's days as a naval base, known as The Gut.
  • The last several chapters of Thomas Pynchon's novel V. take place in Valletta.
  • Much of Nicholas M. Rinaldi's novel The Jukebox Queen of Malta take place in Valletta.
  • Parts of the film Munich were shot in Valletta.
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  • In the popular computer strategy game, Age Of Empires III, Valletta and its surrounding areas are featured as the base of the main protagonist, Morgan Black, and is the setting for the first two levels of the game.

Thomas Ruggles Pynchon, Jr. ... book cover V. is the debut novel of Thomas Pynchon published in 1963, concerning the journey of discharged U.S. Navy sailor Benny Profane through a decadent group of artists in 1956, along with the attempt of an aging traveller named Herbert Stencil to locate the mysterious woman he knows... Munich is a 2005 drama film starring Eric Bana. ... Image File history File links Commons-logo. ... Age of Empires III (also called AoE III) is a real-time strategy (RTS) game developed by Ensemble Studios and published by Microsoft. ...

Notes

  1. ^ http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/131 - Entry about Valletta on the official website of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) is a specialized agency of the United Nations established in 1945. ...

See also

Valetta is a sparsely populated locality in the mid-Canterbury region of New Zealands South Island. ...

External links

  • VisitMalta.com - Valletta
  • Valletta city council
  • Street map
  • Valletta - Places to visit

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Valletta travel guide - Wikitravel (2283 words)
Valletta is the capital of the island nation of Malta.
The imposing defence walls and ramparts at the entrance to Valletta built by the Knights in the late 16th century are interesting to explore.
Valletta has a collection of decent restaurants, due to most of the tourists residing either in Sliema or on the north coast of the island there are fewer of the trashy variety, although it does have the ubiquitous fastfood places (Burger King, McDonalds, Pizza Hut).
Valletta City, Malta Holiday Resort  Maps Travel Tips and More (778 words)
Valletta and its suburb town of Floriana are perched on the steep Sciberras peninsula jutting out into Malta's two deep natural harbours, Grand Harbour and Marsamxett Harbour.
Valletta is also regarded as a unique example of baroque architecture.
Valletta is also Malta's capital city: a living, working city, the administrative and commercial heart of the Islands.
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