Upper Barrakka Gardens, Valletta, Malta

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Upper Barrakka Gardens

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These colonnaded gardens perched high above Grand Harbour were created in the late 16th century as a relaxing haven for the Knights from the nearby Auberge d'Italie. They provide a shady retreat from the bustle of the city, and the balcony has one of the best views in Malta.

The terrace below is occupied by the Saluting Battery, where a cannon once fired salutes to visiting naval vessels.

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