13 Facts About Valletta


Valletta is the southernmost capital of Europe, and at just 0.

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Sometimes called an "open-air museum", Valletta was chosen as the European Capital of Culture in 2018.

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Valletta placed the first stone in what later became Our Lady of Victories Church.

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Valletta designed the new city on a rectangular grid plan, and without any collacchio .

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Valletta's assistant was the Maltese architect Girolamo Cassar, who later oversaw the construction of the city himself after Laparelli's death in 1570.

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In 1939, Valletta was abandoned as the headquarters of the Royal Navy Mediterranean Fleet due to its proximity to Italy and the city became a flash point during the subsequent two-year long Siege of Malta.

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Entire city of Valletta has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980, along with Megalithic Temples of Malta and the Hypogeum of Hal-Saflieni.

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On 11 November 2015 Valletta hosted the Valletta Summit on Migration in which European and African leaders discussed the European migrant crisis.

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Valletta is the capital city of Malta, and is the country's administrative and commercial hub.

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Valletta peninsula has two natural harbours, Marsamxett and the Grand Harbour.

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Valletta has been designated European Capital of Culture for 2018.

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In 1823 the Valletta carnival was the scene of a human crush tragedy in which at least 110 boys perished.

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Valletta is served by a fleet of electric taxis which transport riders from 10 points in Valletta to any destination in the city.

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