61 Amazing Vintage Photos of Valletta, Malta in the 19th Century

Valletta is the administrative unit and capital of Malta. Located on the main island, between Marsamxett Harbour to the west and the Grand Harbour to the east, its population within administrative limits in 2014 was 6,444. According to the data from 2020 by Eurostat, the Functional Urban Area and metropolitan region covered the whole island and has a population of 480,134. Valletta is the southernmost capital of Europe, and at just 0.61 square kilometres (0.24 sq mi), it is the European Union’s smallest capital city.

Valletta’s 16th-century buildings were constructed by the Knights Hospitaller. The city was named after Jean Parisot de Valette, who succeeded in defending the island from an Ottoman invasion during the Great Siege of Malta. The city is Baroque in character, with elements of Mannerist, Neo-Classical and Modern architecture, though the Second World War left major scars on the city, particularly the destruction of the Royal Opera House. The city was officially recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1980. Today, with 320 monuments, is one of the most dense monuments areas in the world. Sometimes called an “open-air museum”, Valletta was chosen as the European Capital of Culture in 2018. Valletta is also the sunniest city in Europe.

The city is noted for its fortifications, consisting of bastions, curtains and cavaliers, along with the beauty of its Baroque palaces, gardens and churches. (Wikipedia)

Strada Britannica, Valletta, Malta, circa late 1840s. Possibly one of the earliest street photographs taken in Malta
Valletta showing Upper Barrakka in the background before Fort Lascaris was built, 1848
Auberge de Castille, Valletta, Malta, 1854
Marsamscetto Valletta Malta showing the spire of St. Paul’s Anglican cathedral, 1854
Valletta street scene in Malta, circa 1854
Kingsway, Valletta, Malta, 1859. Pre Opera House and pre Buttigieg Francia building
Grand Harbour at Valletta with Marina Gate at lower left circa 1860s
Ponsomby’s column on St.Andrew’s bastion, Valletta, circa 1860
Valletta rooftops with Fort Ricasoli in the background, circa 1860s
HMS Neptune at Grand Harbour, Malta, 1862
Main Guard, Valletta, Malta, 1865
Marina Gate, Valletta, Malta, 1865
St. George’s Square Valletta , British Army Bands, 1868
British troop ship in Grand Harbour, Malta, circa 1870s
Grand Harbour Malta with Liesse Church , Fish Market & Fort Lascaris in foreground, circa 1870s
Grand Harbour, Malta, circa 1870s
Grand Harbour, Malta, circa 1870s
Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta, circa 1870s
Liesse Hill Street & Grand Harbour, circa 1870s
Main Guard, Valletta, Malta, 1870
Marsamscetto Curtain, Valletta, Malta, 1870
St. John Co-cathedral, Valletta, Malta, circa 1870s
St. Michael’s bastion, Valletta, Malta, circa 1870s
Strada Forni, Valletta, Malta, circa 1870s. House on the left belonged to Sir Adrian Dingli
Strada Reale by North Street, Valletta, Malta, 1870
Strada Santa Lucia, Valletta, Malta, circa 1870s
Valletta port scene, circa 1870s
Valletta port scene, circa 1870s
Valletta rooftops and Grand Harbour, circa 1870s
Valletta street scenes, Malta, circa early 1870s
King’s Gate or Porta Reale, Valletta, Malta, 1871
Lower Barakka Garden, Valletta, Malta in 1871
Royal Opera House in Valletta, Malta, a year or so before the fire of 1873
Grand Harbour Malta with Floriana at background right side, 1875
Kingsway, Valletta, Malta, 1875
St. Ursula Street, Valletta, Malta in 1875
Old Bakery Street, Valletta, Malta in 1876
Strada Teatro, Valletta, Malta, 1876
Kingsway, Valletta, Malta, 1878
Old Bakery Street, Valletta, Malta, 1879
St John Street, Valletta, Malta in 1879
Grand Harbour in Valletta with Floriana in background, circa 1880s
Marsamscetto and Valletta rooftops, Malta, 1880
St. John Street, Valletta, Malta, circa 1880
Steamship at Valletta harbour, Malta, circa 1880
Strada Teatro, Valletta, Malta, 1880s
Telegraph Company at 6&7 Marsamscetto Road, Valletta, Malta, circa 1880s
St. John Street, Valletta, Malta, 1881
St. Lucia Street, Valletta, Malta, 1881
Strada Reale, Valletta, Malta, 1883
Marina Gate Demolition, Valletta, Malta, April 1884
Kingsway, Valletta, Malta in 1888
St. George’s Square, Valletta, Malta, 1898
Kingsway, Valletta, Malta, circa 1890s
Main Guard with British Troops on St. George’s Square, Valletta in 1899
Malta Railway, 1890s
Marsamscetto, Valletta, Malta in 1899
Marsamscetto, Valletta, Malta, circa 1890s
Naval band march down East street in Valletta, Malta, circa 1890s
Strada Reale, Valletta, Malta, circa 1890s
The Victoria Gate, Valletta, Malta, circa 1890s

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