Valletta ( v l t , maltese il-belt valletta, maltese pronunciation vlt) is the capital city of malta. Located in the south eastern region of the main island , between marsamxett harbour to the west and the grand harbour to the east, its population in 2014 was 6,444, 4 while the metropolitan area around it has a population of 393,938.
valletta is maltas lilliputian capital, built by the knights of st john on a peninsula thats only 1km by 600m. Its founder decreed that it should be a city built by gentlemen for gentlemen, and it retains its 16th-century elegance. It may be small, but its packed full of sights when unesco named valletta a world heritage site, it described it as one of the most concentrated historic.
Valletta is inextricably linked to the history of the knights of st john of jerusalem. The magnificent fortress city grew on the arid rock of mount sciberras peninsula, which rises steeply from two deep harbours marsamxett and grand harbour was commissioned by grand master jean de la valette in 1566 and completed in just 15 years.
Population 6,444 (2014 census) maltas capital (since 1571), and the smallest capital city in the eu (at just 0. 55 sq km) flanked by two natural harbours marsamxett and grand harbour also called il-belt (the city) by the locals commercial centre and place of work for thousands of maltese working in government, finance and tourism.
Founded in 1565 by the order of st john as a refuge for soldiers returning from the crusades, valletta is now the capital of malta and a piece of living history. With an unsurpassed collection of original baroque architecture, fortified city walls overlooking the mediterranean sea, and the spectacular co-cathedral of st john, which features intricately carved stone vaults and a famed painting.
Valletta, maltas capital and a world heritage site, is nothing short of an open-air museum. It is a living experience of baroque architecture, a monument donated by the knights of st john nearly five centuries ago. Throughout the years, valletta has welcomed emperors, heads of state, artists and poets and is now the permanent seat of the maltese government.
Valletta has many titles, all recalling its rich historical past. It is the modern city built by the knights of st john a masterpiece of the baroque a european art city and a world heritage city. Today, it is one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world. The city is busy by day, yet retains a timeless atmosphere by night, that gives the feeling that you are walking back in time.