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Fortresses and bastions of Old Malta

So, come here to do nothing. I really thought that when we woke up, we would go to the beach, put a white hotel towel on the sand, lie down, shut up, and indulge in my thoughts. Unfortunately, when we got up in the morning, we saw that it was raining. We had to try things we tried before: we went out to the street, found a shop nearby, saw an umbrella, and bought it. But the rain lasted not long. 

We headed for the fortresses and bastions of Old Malta. This limestone masonry dates back to the 16th century, and their originator is Jean Parisot de la Valette, a cavalier of the Order of Saint John.

Malta’s port was located on the continent’s largest bay. Let me remind you that Valletta is the capital of the state of Malta (seven islands), a city fortress. Each square has at least one castle here.

Most of Valletta’s houses remain to this day as they were built. The streets here are very narrow, so guides recommend only walking there.

There are 365 churches (Catholic) in Malta, and St. John’s Cathedral is considered a masterpiece. Castles and defensive towers are also worth a visit. And here they are very impressive, tall, some ending, others starting. Five hours of walking, aching feet, but we still really enjoyed this excursion.

Abandoned, unattended places have always attracted me, and there are many in Malta, especially in Valletta. Defensive walls, barbacans, gunpowder towers stretch for hundreds and hundreds of meters, and it’s hard to tell where you got from one fortress to another…

© Fortune, 2009

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