A Relic of the Past with a Contemporary Twist
Today's capital city of Malta, Valletta, is the result of a history marked by sieges, bombardments and revolts. Despite these events, the Maltese capital has managed to reinvent itself and today it is a small cosmopolitan city which, either by tradition or as a precaution, continues to keep its eyes firmly fixed on the sea.
This city, with baroque overtones, stands between two large gulfs, St. Telmo and the Grand Harbour. Valletto in Malta takes its name from Pean Parisot de la Valletta, Grand Master of the Order of the Knights of Malta, who promoted the reconstruction of the city after the Ottomans razed it to the ground during the Great Siege in the mid-16th century. This Order and its prominent role in the defence of the island are responsible for much of the history that makes Valletta such a special walled city.