VALLETTA

 

Valletta is the designer city of the 16th Century, built straight from the drawing-board of three men: a Political Leader and Head of the Order of the Knights, Jean Parisot de la Valetta; a warrior engineer, Francesco Laparelli; a Maltese Architect, Girolamo Cassar. Valletta is one of Europe’s most sophisticated micro cities with an intense concentration of baroque architecture and a defense line of Fortifications that is second to none.

- Alexiei Dingli, Mayor of Valletta

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when Unesco named Valletta a World Heritage Site, it described it as 'one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world

- Lonely Planet

It all started with a small watchtower standing on the barren Sciberras Peninsula until 1530. It continued with the development of the impressive structure of Fort St. Elmo in 1552. After the Great Siege of 1565, Jean De La Valette set out to build a fortified city with towering bastion walls, which would protect the island of Malta and give Valletta its unique skyline. 

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