We got off the ship and headed down a steep street that looked from the output of Gem was going to give a very long stairs. We were accompanied by friends Valladolid we had met on the first day cruise. After climbing the stairs we come to the square of the Triton Fountain , designed by a modern sculptor from Malta in 1959. This square is the entrance to the city and from where there are buses that can take us to different places on the island.
Here we find the City Gate (Gate City). The old entrance was just a hole in the rock, the current was remodeled in 1960. Here begins Avda. De la República a pedestrian street that is the main artery of Valletta and crosses throughout the city. Length of 1.5 km. This lively avenue is full of museums, churches, monuments and places of interest. Along the same we find magnificent baroque buildings.
We arrived at the Church of Santa Barbara , built in the eighteenth century and most representative of it is its golden virgin entrance and its dome. After we find the National Archaeological Museum , opened in 1958. The only open to the public plant has an array of artifacts from the Maltese Neolithic period, from 5,200 BC to 2,500 BC and is located in one of the most important buildings the capital.
A few meters we reached the entrance of the Cocatedral of San Juan , is the most important building of this island. It is a church of the Order of Malta in the XVI century and was converted into cocatedral in 1816 by Pius VII. The facade is very sober compared to the exuberant baroque gold of its interior in which stand especially impressive mosaic marble tombstones found throughout the soil. They were surrounded by a fence so that people who enter it not crushed. Among them is the tomb of the city founder Jean Parisot de la Vallette . The temple is decorated by leading artists of the time like the famous painting by Caravaggio of the beheading of San Juan Bautista , along with Flemish tapestries.
After the cathedral is the Piazza della Repubblica , very lively area where there are restaurants and leisure areas take a rest stop or cool the body and the national library.
Continuing along the Calle de la Republic we stumbled upon The Palace of the Grand Master , it is a museum and headquarters of the offices of the president and parliament, dating from the sixteenth century and was the place where I live the Grand Master of the order. It has two courtyards of weapons, one of them with a collection of weapons and armor old. At the end of the avenue is the National War Museum .
The National War Museum has been located in the Fort St. Elmo , during the 2nd World War, it was originally a store of gunpowder. Here it stands and commemorates the suffering and heroism that characterized Malta during the Second World War .. .
We had already seen a lot. We did it without much delay and because of my recent illness I exhausted more easily, so we decided we would take a few laps around the lively streets filled with shops, restaurants, cafes and other entertainment venues … After buying gifts rigor for my family, we decided it was time to get back to the ship to eat, the smell of the food court had opened our appetite, the heat became increasingly clear and decided it was the perfect time to return to the ship for lunch …
To see the island, as well as walking through the main street and visit its countless edificos you can also catch the tourist bus and horse carriages located at various points as a taxi ranks.
Another point of interest on the island, although farther and we could not see, is the Fort Rinella which houses the monstrous Amstrong , a cannon of 100 tons, the biggest weapon that has been built in the world. Here they are recreated with actors dressed in the guise of the time, aspects of the life of the late nineteenth century.
Date Posted: July 31, 2013
I would like to apologize to my english speaking readers since this website was initially built in spanish language and after receiving numerous requests I have decided to translate it into English. This article have been translated automatically, so some meanings may not be completely correct, but I think it’s enough to share my experiences with my readers.