Situated amongst 7 acres of gardens, this traditional, elegant property
is situated just outside the city walls of the capital city of
Valletta, the business, diplomatic and cultural centre of Malta. More…
The British is the longest established hotel in Valletta, and we are
located in one of the city’s quaint terraced streets. It is a
family-owned-and-run-hotel & overlooks the magnificent Grand
Valletta shares its early history with the
island of Malta.
The foundation stone of Valletta was laid by
the Grand Master of the Order of Saint John, Jean Parisot de la
Valette on 28 March 1566. La Valette placed the first stone in Our
Lady of Victories Church. The Order decided to found a new city on
the Xiberras peninsula just after the end of the Siege of Malta in
1565, so as to fortify the Order's position in Malta and bind the
Knights to the island.
Many of the most important buildings
were built by the Maltese architect Gerolamo Cassar.
is an urban area which boasts many buildings from the 16th century
and onwards, many built during the rule of the Knights of St. John
of Jerusalem (the Knights Hospitaller).
peninsula has two natural harbours, Marsamxett and the Grand
Harbour. The Grand Harbour is Malta's major port, with unloading
quays at Marsa. A cruise-liner terminal is located along the old
seawall of the Valletta Waterfront which was built by Grandmaster
Manuel Pinto de Fonseca.
Buildings of historic importance
include St John's Co-Cathedral, formerly the Conventual Church of
the Knights of Malta. It has the only signed work and largest
painting by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. The Auberge de
Castille et Leon, formerly the official seat of the Knights of Malta
of the Langue of Castille, Léon and Portugal, is now the office of
the Prime Minister of Malta. The Magisterial Palace, built between
1571 and 1574 and formerly the seat of the Grand Master of the
Knights of Malta, now houses the Maltese Parliament and offices of
the President of Malta.
Valletta is enriched with several
museums, art galleries, shopping complexes, restaurants and, above
all, a majestic view of the Grand Harbour as seen from the Upper
Baracca. #This video also shows the surrounding areas of Valletta
- towns/villages in its close vicinity.
The song you hear is
"Ma niċħdek qatt" (I'll never deny you) sung by the famous Maltese
singer, Renato from his CD album, "Maltese Collection". Music by
Carmelo Zammit, lyrics by Carmen Dimech.
arrangement "Fil-bitħa tal-Gran Mastri" (In the courtyard of the
Grand Masters) is by Manuel Casha of Melbourne, Australia and it's
from his CD album "Neon". (Please note: in our video we specified
that Manuel Casha is from Sydney - that's an error. Our apologies).
Photos by Choy Hong (Jasmine) Grech. Video by Alfred & Jasmine
Grech, Mosta, Malta.
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