Valletta Living History


A glossy, entertaining 35-minute sweep through Malta's eventful history (available in eight languages).

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Nearby Valletta attractions

1. St John's Co-Cathedral

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St John's Co-Cathedral, Malta's most impressive church, was designed by the architect Gerolamo Cassar. It was built between 1573 and 1578, taking over…

2. National Library

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This grand classical edifice was the last building erected by the Knights. It's worth popping in to admire the book-lined stacks, and there are occasional…

3. Lion Fountain

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Sculpted out of limestone in the 17th century by Maltese sculptor Mariano Gerada.

4. Blitz

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This innovative gallery and performance space has various pop-up exhibitions and events and hosts resident artists throughout the year. There are no set…

5. Carmelite Basilica

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Originally built in 1570 and expanded in the mid-19th century, the Carmelite Basilica (formerly known as the Basilica of Our Lady of Mt Carmel) was…

6. Manoel Theatre

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Malta's national theatre was built in 1731 and is one of the oldest theatres in Europe. The building is being slowly restored, but is still in use for…

7. Grand Master's Palace

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The stern exterior of the 16th-century Grand Master's Palace conceals a sumptuous interior. This was once the residence of the Grand Masters of the…

8. Armoury

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Of the original 25,000 16th- to 18th-century Knights of St John suits of armour, around 5000 remain at the Armoury, which is housed in the Grand Master's…