City of Valletta

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Date of Inscription: 1980
Criteria: C (i) (vi)

Brief Description

The capital of Malta is inextricably linked to the history of the military and charitable Order of St John of Jerusalem. It was ruled successively by the Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and the Order of the Knights of St John. Valletta’s 320 monuments, all within an area of 55 ha, make it one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world.


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Description 和訳



archipelago ―n. 群島 

Phoenician ―a., n. フェニキア(人、語())

Maltese ―a., n. マルタ(人、語())

delve ―vi. 探求する(into, among)

go off the beaten track(path) 道を外れる、変わったことをする

marvel ―v. 驚嘆する

fortress ―n. 要塞

administrative ―a. 行政の

grid ―n. 格子、(地図の、街路の)基盤目

bastion ―n. 拠点

intriguing ―a. 興味をそそる

votive ―a. 祈りの

niche ―n. 城壁

parapet ―n. (城の)城壁

(right) on cue 予告どおりに、ぴったりそのときに


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An archipelago at the centre of the Mediterranean with a wealth of heritage. An archipelago at the centre of the Mediterranean with a wealth of heritage.  Home once to ancient civilizations and Eure’s nobles. s nobles.  Mal’s location at the heart of the Mediterranean is the key to its rich history.

At the crossroads of maritime routes, the Islands have been a home, stronghold, trading post and refuge over 7000 years of history. At the crossroads of maritime routes, the Islands have been a home, stronghold, trading post and refuge over 7000 years of history.  From temple builders, searing Phoenicians and the traveller Apostle Paul, to the Knights of St John, Napoleon and British royalty - all have set foot here leaving their imprint for you to discover.

In Malta, youユll explore 7000 years of history yet live passionately in the present. You'll span the millennia with an astonishing array of things to discover. And wherever you go, the Islands' scenery and architecture provide a spectacular backdrop. The colours are striking. Honey-coloured stone against the deepest of Mediterranean blues.
The Maltese Islands have been described as one big open-air museum. What makes them unique is that so much of their past is visible today. Delve into the Islands' mysterious prehistory, retrace the footsteps of St Paul or see where the Knights of St John defended Christendom.
But Malta is no regular museum. Here life is lived to the full, so make time for some living history and action. Visit locations where Oscar-winning blockbusters were filmed or go off the beaten track into ancient villages. Marvel at the fireworks and revelry of the summertime festas and enjoy a packed calendar of events all year round.

The Fortress City, Citta' Umilissima, "a city built by gentlemen for gentlemen". Valetta has many titles, all recalling its rich historical past. It is the "modern" city built by the Knights of St John; a masterpiece of the baroque; a European Art City; and a World Heritage City. But these are just some of its faces and fortunes.
Valletta is also Malta's capital city: a living, working city, the administrative and commercial heart of the Islands. Nowhere in Malta is the life of the Islands reflected more than Valletta. The city is busy by day, yet retains a timeless atmosphere. The grid of narrow streets house some of Europe's finest art works, churches and palaces.
Valletta hosts a vast cultural programme. Street events are staged against the city's magnificent baroque architecture and floodlit bastions. There is theatre and music and all manner of things to see and join in, from avant garde art to traditional church festas. The city is a delight to shop in: narrow side streets are full of tiny shops selling antiques, maps, books, prints and jewellery. For top quality fashion, music and much more try Valletta's main streets - Republic Street and Merchants Street.
Walking around Valletta, you'll come across an intriguing historical site around every corner: votive statues, niches, fountains and coats of arms high up on parapets. And when you need to stop and take it all in, the city yields up squares, courtyards, gardens and any number of caf_s, right on cue.

Quoted by Malta Tourism Authority


Republic of Malta

The Constitution provides that the National Flag of Malta consists of two equal vertical stripes, white in the hoist and red in the fly, with a representation of the George Cross, edged with red, in the canton of the white stripe; the breadth of the flag is one and a half times its height.

Area comparative: slightly less than twice the size of Washington, DC

Climate: Mediterranean with mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers

Population: 400,420 (July 2003 est.)

Languages: Maltese(official), English(official) and Italy

Religion: Roman Catholic 91%


by Satoshi Sakai, Aoyamagakuin College of Economics