Valletta Off The Beaten Path

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    SAN ANTON PALACE BIRDS - CATS - TREES & MORE....

    by balhannah Written Sep 3, 2012

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    San Anton Palace Aviaries
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    As with many Palaces I have visited, this one also has a row of Aviaries in which there were Parrots. It seems these are popular pets as well as Cats, I came across many of them in the gardens.!

    Many of the trees in the garden have been planted by visiting Heads Of State in memory of their stay in Malta. The gardens also contain an orangery. It was the duty of Governors to give baskets of oranges grown in the palace gardens, as gifts at Christmas time. Take a look at the massive Moreton Bay Figs, probably 300years + old. Lots of the Trees and Shrubs in the gardens have been brought to here from all around the World, and many have Plaques which signify their ceremonial or commemorative status.
    Events are hosted in the gardens every year including the Annual Horticultural show, open air theater and other performances held in the open air courtyard.

    The gardens are open all week from 7.00am till 6.00pm in summer and till 5.00pm all other months of the year.
    Entrance is free.
    From the capital, Valletta, take the number 40 bus, if you tell the driver you want to visit san Anton gardens they should

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    SAN ANTON PALACE GARDEN PONDS

    by balhannah Updated Sep 3, 2012

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    My first photo, is of the Palace Swans waiting for their pond to be cleaned and refilled with water for them. No pretty Swan Pond photo for me, just some men busily at work. This Pond has been here for quite a while, with only Duck's as residents until 1923, then the Swans were introduced.

    Another pond is named "The masks pond" as in the centre are three masks, stone pillars and a fruit basket. This was sculpted in 1982 to adorn the then newly-constructed pond.

    The Diana Pond is a new addition, only added in the 20th century, and has a stone statue of the Roman deity Diana, goddess of Nature.

    The Eagle's Pond was built in 1620.

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    AROUND SAN ANTON CASTLE

    by balhannah Written Sep 3, 2012

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    Infront of the Palace, is the largest open area of the gardens. Even though the area is all paved, it still has plenty of colour because of the dozens of pot plants in flower. It was as pretty as a picture!

    In this area, is where the bronze busts of the British monarchs, George V and George VI on marble plinths. Semicircular steps lead to the palace forecourt. On either side of the steps, were many potted annuals in full flower in each pot, it looked gorgeous! Not only that, but old Urns were full of flowers too!
    A marble plaque on the palace's facade lists the country's past presidents, and a niche here houses a statue of Venus, the Roman goddess of Love and Beauty.

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    SAN ANTON PALACE GARDENS

    by balhannah Written Sep 3, 2012

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    Even thought the Palace is the official residence of the President of Malta, the San Anton Gardens have been open to the public since 1882, and can be visited for FREE.

    There a couple of entrances to the gardens, and both are only a short walk from the bus-stop. We entered through an archway in the thick high perimeter wall and into a little piece of paradise.

    The gardens are laid out in a formal style, and each section has an information board describing what you are seeing.
    It was peaceful in here! So nice walking underneath some shade on a hot day, viewing sculptures, ornamental ponds, families of ducks and swans, flowers, shrubs and exotic plants, some that have been here hundreds of years.

    On entering the gardens, I first saw the floral clock, really a lawned clock!

    GARDENS OPEN....7am till 6pm between June and September.
    7am till 5pm during the rest of the year.

    ADMISSION IS FREE

    Attard is halfway between Valletta and Mdina so easy to reach by car.
    OR
    Take Bus number 54 from Valletta or local routes 106,109 and 202.
    The Sightseeing Bus also calls at Attard.

    Read more: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/225732/#ixzz25RzuQRBA

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    SAN ANTON PALACE

    by balhannah Written Sep 3, 2012

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    San Anton and its Gardens is where we made our first stop on the hop-on-off Bus.

    Knight Fra Antoine de Paule, from Provence France, was elected Grand Master of the Order of St. John in 1623. He aquired this large plot of land near the village of Attard, where he built his country villa. After he was elected Grand Master, he decided to enlarge the villa, and make it into a Palace, naming it "San Anton" after his patron saint, St Anthony of Padua.

    Other Grand Master's have used this Palace, then the British Governors as their Summer residence until 1929. Later, it became the Governor's official residence. When Malta was declared a Republic in 1974, the Palace became the official Residence of the Head of State.

    San Anton was also the birth place of Princess Victoria Melita, Grand Daughter of Queen Victoria and Tzar Alexander II. Queen Elizabeth II of the UK stayed at San Anton palace when she visited Malta in 2005.

    You can wander all around the outside and in the courtyards, but no entry to the inside of the Palace.

    GARDENS OPEN....7am till 6pm between June and September.
    7am till 5pm during the rest of the year.

    ADMISSION IS FREE

    Attard is halfway between Valletta and Mdina so easy to reach by car.
    OR
    Take Bus number 54 from Valletta or local routes 106,109 and 202.
    The Sightseeing Bus also calls at Attard.

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    Merchants Street Market

    by call_me_rhia Written Jun 16, 2010

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    The Merchant Street Market is actually two markets, not one. The first is a street market and it’s open every morning from 8 AM until midday – every day except Sundays… it sells mainly clothes but also antiques and old books.
    The second market, the one I found most interesting, is half way along the street market, inside a building on the right (if you come from the Upper Barraka Gardens). There you can find stalls selling fruits and vegetables and several butchers.

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    Find the Green Man

    by leics Written Aug 30, 2009

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    Green Man

    Briefly, the 'Green Man' is a pre-Christian symbol of fertility and new life which has been around for millennia. He is a male face, always shown either peering out through leaves or with leaves growing from his face and mouth.

    Like many pre-Christian symbols, customs and sacred sites he was absorbed into Christianity (I have seen him referred to as 'the god of lies' ) as it spread throughout Europe.

    But those pre-Christian ideas and symbols still remained in the culture and in people's minds.

    In the UK, you will almost always find a Green Man carving somewhere in any Medieval church. They are usually pretty well hidden. I think a 'blind eye' was turned to the stonemasons incorporating him into their carvings, but it woud not have been acceptable for him to be too obviously displayed.

    It was only fairly recently that I realised he also appeared in mainland Europe.

    And yes, he's in Malta too. In this case, inside St John's Co-cathedral. Well-hidden, again, amongst the intricately-carved wall decorations. But he is there (see photo).

    You may be able to spot him when you visit the cathedral...or there may be more Green Men there that I missed.

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    Captain Morgan Cruises

    by Redang Updated Nov 1, 2008

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    Captain Morgan Cruises (Valletta, Malta)

    There are harbour cruises around Valletta with beautifuk views of the city itself as well as The Three Cities.

    Captain Morgan Cruises
    c/o Captain Morgan Leisure Ltd.
    Dolphin Court, Tigne Seafront, Sliema, Malta.
    - Fax: (+356) 2346 3344

    This company offers more cruises to Comino, around Malta island, etc.

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  • IMO Maritime Law Institute

    by stewartbel Written May 2, 2007
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    The International Maritime Organization's Law Institute is loceted in Msida area near Valletta, Malta. It is situated within the Malta University.

    The IMO International Maritime Law Institute was established under the auspices of the International Maritime Organization, a specialised agency of the United Nations.

    The Institute is an international centre for the training of specialists in maritime law. It also contributes to the development and dissemination of knowledge and expertise in international maritime law, with special reference to the international regulations and procedures for safety and efficiency of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution.

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  • Malta National Parliament

    by stewartbel Written Apr 22, 2007
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    The National Parliament of Malta is situated in Valletta - Malta capital city. It is located in central pedestrian street - Republica street.

    The Parliament very much looks like museum, there are numerous old precious paintings on the walls, tapistries and other artifacts, and the most impressive are old knight suits.

    The only problem to reach this spot is a restriction at the entrance. Normally the entry is not allowed if you aren't an employee or a Member of Parliament.

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    Porte Des Bombes

    by tophat30 Updated Mar 17, 2007

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    Portes Des Bombes

    Portes des Bombes which was built in 1721 by Grand Master Perellos is called after two huge stone bombs at each side of the gate, which originally were placed atop of the gate. An inscription on one of the doors says "While fighting the Turks everywhere, I'll live in this place so Safe".
    Strictly speaking this 'Gate' is in Floriana not Valletta. You can't miss it unless you enter Valletta by a cruise ship or using the side streets from Marsa or Pieta.

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    The Hook - St John's Street

    by tophat30 Updated Mar 14, 2007

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    The Hook
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    On the corner of St John's Street and Merchants street (at the beginning of the market stalls), you'll notice a big iron hook. This hook has got two stories behind it. It could be either / or / or both. Some say that the hook was placed in there so that the bells of St John's Cathedral would be hoisted to the belfry and others say that peolple condemned of a conviction were suspended in cages above the hook. Both make sense cause in those days the Courts of law were housed in the Castellania, same building just round the corner, and the Cathedral is across the street.

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    Narrow Streets

    by SanguiniA Written Jan 29, 2006

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    One of the many narrow streets in Valletta
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    Valletta is small, but yet there is so much to discover. The big attractions alone could take you plenty of time ... and these narrow streets can be easily overlooked. So don't be afraid to 'lose yourself' and explore the tiny narrow streets ... they have a fascination of times long forgotten, and rest assured it will be like nothing you have ever experienced before.

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    Houses in Valletta

    by Elly01 Written Apr 14, 2005

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    Houses in Valletta

    As you can see this is a photo of houses and apartments in the South of Valletta. These where once in a terrible state. Today theses houses and many others have been restored either by the private owner or by the government. Infact, many people tried or are stil trying to revive Valletta in order to give it a more lively atmosphere and a more modern facade however at the same time leaving that touch of the past.

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    View of Msida and Valletta in the Background!

    by Elly01 Written Aug 31, 2004

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    Msida and valletta view from University !

    This photo was taken from the ring road of the University of Malta which is situated in Msida. Just turn around the roundabout and follow signs to University. Its quite a complex building with loads of greenery around it - even though it seems to be diminishing too by time !!!!

    From University you can see this view however and its very impressive when the weather is all foggy !

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