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VALLETTA, MALTA'S STUNNING CAPITAL CITY
Beautiful from every angle, Valletta tells the story of Malta’s history through its stunning baroque architecture. A UNESCO World Heritage site and European Capital of Culture 2018, Valletta is a masterpiece. Visitors are greeted by magnificent stone bastions and a new city gate and parliament building designed by Renzo Piano was completed in 2014. Valletta was built by the Knights of St John and Grandmaster La Valette laid the first stone in 1566. Within this fully fortified city, the knights engineered gardens, churches and magnificent palaces. There are upwards of 25 churches within Valletta alone, but St John’s Co-Cathedral stands as the pinnacle of grandeur and an exquisite display of baroque design.
Valletta suffered extensive damages during WW2. The Royal Opera House was left obliterated as the result of aerial bombing but has been repurposed as an open-air performance venue that hosts artists throughout the year. Upper and Lower Barrakka Gardens are beautifully landscaped, boasting impressive views of the Grand Harbour and a lift links Upper Barrakka to the harbour 58 meters below. Bursting with museums, shops, bars and restaurants, Valletta has so much to offer and its bus terminus just outside the city gates provides excellent transport links across Malta.
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