Meopham Historical Society holiday in Malta (01-08/10/2011)

Day 4: Valletta

Valletta is the capital city of Malta and a World Heritage Site. It was badly bombed during the Second World War but has been rebuilt.

Barrakka Gardens — Our first stop in Valletta was at the Barrakka Gardens, built in the 18th century by the Knights of St John on top of the defensive bastion that surrounds the city. There are fantastic views of the Grand Harbour from there.

St John’s Co-Cathedral — St John’s, a Roman Catholic cathedral is known as a co-cathedral because it shares cathedral status with St Paul’s Cathedral, which is Protestant. The main claim to fame is that it possesses the only signed picture by Cavaggio, The beheading of St John the Baptist.

Presidential Palace — The Palace houses the office of the President of Malta and the House of Representatives.

Cruise around the Harbour — Valletta is built on a peninsular which gives it two major harbours and a large waterfront. We were booked on a cruise round both harbours but after completing the first we were told that we would not be seeing the Grand Harbour. The reason: a new bridge was being manoeuvred into place at the entrance to the harbour.

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