The capital city of Malta is Valletta. It is situated in the country’s southeastern region, specifically in the central-eastern portion. The western coast of the city borders the Marsamxet Harbor while the eastern coast has access to the Grand Harbor. The building of the city was proposed by the Order of Saint John around 1524. By the 1570s, the city of Valletta was completed. It became a capital city on March 18, 1571, when the set of Grand Master Pierre de Monte was moved from Birgu to Grandmaster’s Palace in Valletta. When the Grand Master moved to Valletta, more buildings were constructed and fortified protect the city
As of 2014, Valletta has a population of approximately 6,500 people living in the city while the metropolitan area has a population of 393,000 people. The population of Valletta accounts for about 2% of the Maltese population. Ironically, Valletta is one of the least populated cities in Malta despite being the country’s capital city. Some of the largest cities in Malta include Birkirkara, Mosta, Qormi, and Zabbar.
Valletta, also known by several names such as the Fortress City, is a major tourist attraction in Europe. It has a rich historical past which makes it one of the preferred destinations in the continent. Known as a European art city and a World Heritage Site, Valletta is one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world. It contains buildings that date back to the 16th century. The buildings were constructed during the reign of the Order of Saint John. Although the city is busy by day, it gives a feeling that one is walking back in time. It has abundant sites to see and explore with the historical sites gracing every corner of the city. The Saint John’s Cathedral and Museum is one of the must-visit places in Valletta.
Valletta’s climate can be described as Mediterranean with a warm summer and a wet winter. Summer is characterized by little to no precipitation while winter has heavy precipitation. The proximity of the city to the sea moderates the winter temperatures. Thus, the city enjoys mild winter. The average high temperature of Valletta ranges from 160C in January to approximately 320C in August while the average low temperature ranges between 100C and 230C in January and August respectively.
This page was last modified on May 1st, 2018
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