A new title for the eminent Valletta – Capital City of Culture 2018

Malta’s stunning capital Valletta has been bestowed the Council of Europe’s prestigious title of European Capital of Culture (ECoC), for 2018. This Council of Europe initiative was set up in 1985, with 40 cities being given the title, since then. The Valletta 2018 Foundation is implementing an extensive cultural programme to highlight the City’s cultural heritage. This title has also been a major driver behind various impressive regeneration projects, which have been carried out in Valletta.

Valletta bears the name of Grand Master Jean Parisot de Valette, who was the main proponent of the building of a new capital fortress for the Maltese Islands. Francesco Laparelli (who worked with Michelangelo on Saint Peter’s Basilica) was the architect entrusted with this project. Local architect Girolamo Cassar assisted Laparelli in the construction of the city, in grid-formation.

The fortress capital boasts a stunning array of 16th century buildings all within walking distance of each other. This was a deciding factor for UNESCO to officially recognise the City of Valletta as a World Heritage Site, in 1980.

The city today has a population of 7,000 and is Malta’s economic and political centre. After working hours the various theatres, restaurants and wine bars of Valletta give the city a more relaxed and entertaining vibe.

For more information, visit: http://valletta2018.org/

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A new title for the eminent Valletta – Capital City of Culture 2018

Malta’s stunning capital Valletta has been bestowed the Council of Europe’s prestigious title of European Capital of Culture (ECoC), for 2018.