Photos of Valletta the capital, and Sliema, Malta

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Valletta the capital, and Sliema

Valletta is Malta’s capital and largest city on the peninsula known as Sceberras, between Marsamxett Harbour to the west and the Grand Harbour to the east. It was named after Jean Parisot de Valette, Grand Master of the Knights Hospitaller, who was victorious in defending Malta from an invasion by the Ottomans during the Great Siege of 1565.

Valletta from the ferry
Fort St. Elmo from the ferry
Grand Harbour from Floriana
Police Band, Floriana
Police Band marching
Arrival of the Maltese PM
At the Independence monument
Floriani bus station Valletta
Leyland Thames bus
Waiting, Floriani bus station
View of Valletta
Auberge de Castille
Merchants Street
In St. John's Co-Cathedral, Valletta
Interior St. John's Co-Cathedral
Marble tombstones, St. John's Co-Cathedral
Marble tombstone, St. John's Co-Cathedral
Stone carving, St. John's Co-Cathedral
Nicolas Cotoner Monument, St. John's Cathedral
Corridor in the Grand Master's Palace
Altar, Church of St. Paul's Shipwreck
Altar, Church of St. Paul's Shipwreck
View to Fort St. Angelo
Kalkara Creek and Fort St. Angelo
Merchants Street, Valletta
Narrow alley, Valletta
Below French Curtain, Valletta
At Marsamxett Harbour
Triq ir-Repubblika
Boy throwing darts
Children posing
Political demonstration, Valletta
Embassy Sovereign Military Order of Malta
St. Paul's and Madonna tal-Karmnu
View to Fort Manoel
From Sliema to Valletta
Fort St. Elmo from Dragutt Point
Sliema Pitch
View to Paceville
View across Balluta Bay
Balluta Buildings
Girls and boys at swim festival
Diving into the pool, St. Julian’s
Swimming race, St. Julian’s
Procession, Saint Julian’s
Displaying the trophy
View across Spinola Bay
View Spinola Bay and St. Julian’s Bay

The Knights Hospitaller constructed the city’s buildings during the 16th century. Its Baroque architecture is very prominent, despite the destruction during the Second World War when it became one of the most intensively bombed areas. It still has many old fortifications and bastions, Baroque palaces, gardens and churches.

Sliema (meaning ‘Peace’ or ‘Comfort’), to the north of Marsamxett Harbour on the northeast coast is, with neighbouring St. Julian’s, Malta’s main coastal resort. It became a popular summer resort for well-to-do residents of Valletta as far back as the second half of the 19th century. It offers the seafront, swimming pools and great views of Valletta.