Valletta’s New Entrance

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Under construction, the new entrance to Valletta, Malta

I was not thrilled when I heard that the beautiful bastions surrounding Valletta were being demolished to make room for a new, modern entrance to the capital.  I felt that history was being changed for the sake of modernity. As one can see, the architecture for this new gate is modern, streamlined and nothing like the original.  I still prefer history to change  in Malta. To me, it doesn’t seem to fit with Valletta’s architecture.

 

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Fountain and Bus Terminal outside Valletta

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This beautiful fountain welcomes visitors to Valletta.
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The Bus Terminal outside of Valletta.

Just before you enter Valletta, the capital of Malta, you can see this beautiful fountain.  It is quite large, as compared to the visitors below. This fountain also enhances the Bus Terminal which is located surrounding it. To the left of the Terminal, one can see the Cathedral of Floriana; to the right, the long standing Phoenicia Hotel.

 

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Street in Valletta

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A rare street in Valletta. Not so hilly.

Walking up and down Valletta, as well as other cities in Malta is quite a chore. Most streets are very hilly.  In fact, some of them are actually made up of stairs. (See The Seven Story street, a future blog) As a result, strolling along the side streets is very tiring.  Here is a main street that is not so hilly. You will note that as you go down this street, it does seem to slope a bit. Still, it seems the exception to the rule and it is still a bit narrow. In general,  prepare yourself, make a lot of stops and don’t rush.

 

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Republic Square – Valletta

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Restaurants at Republic Square

 

 

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Band entertains diners at Republic Square.                                                                                       

When you visit Valletta, you must lunch at one of the restaurants in Republic Square.  If you’re lucky, a fantastic band will entertain you!

 

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View of Valletta from the Harbor

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View of Upper Barrakka from the Grand Harbor, Valletta

After passing Fort St. Elmo, one sees Valletta on the right.  It is a medieval city with many stone walls and old structures.  In this photo, one can see the Upper Barrakka, its many arches shield the loggia from which tourists enjoy the view of the Grand Harbor.  This is also the general area where cruise ships dock to let the passengers enjoy the island.

 

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Fort St. Elmo

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The entrance to the Grand Harbor, Fort St. Elmo

Fort St. Elmo, a star fort, stands on the peninsula that divides Marsamxett Harbor from the Grand Harbor. It protects the approach to the main harbor of Malta. Best known for its roles in both the Great Siege of Malta of 1566 and World War II, it  provides the first view of Malta to all shipping and cruising to the island.

 

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