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January 30, 2019

Rare and Fabulous Pics of Valletta, Malta in the 19th Century

Valletta is the capital city of Malta. Located in the south east of the island, between Marsamxett Harbour to the west and the Grand Harbour to the east. It is the southernmost capital of Europe.

Valletta's 16th century buildings were constructed by the Knights Hospitaller. 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.

Valletta, Malta in the 19th century

The city's fortifications, consisting of bastions, curtains and cavaliers, along with the beauty of its Baroque palaces, gardens and churches, led the ruling houses of Europe to give the city its nickname Superbissima - Italian for Most Proud.

Here below is a rare and fabulous photo collection from Frank Lea-Ellis that shows everyday life of Valletta, Malta in the 19th century.

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, 1948

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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