Valletta

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Il-Belt Valletta
Ċittà Umilissima
Ceety an Local cooncil
Humilissima Civitas Valletta
Valletta skyline

Coat of arms
Nickname(s): Il-Belt
Motto: Città Umilissima
Location athin Malta
Coordinates: 35°53′52″N 14°30′45″E / 35.89778°N 14.51250°E / 35.89778; 14.51250
Kintra  Maltae
Island Malta
Government
 • Mayor Alexiei Dingli (PN)
Area
 • Total 0.8 km2 (0.3 sq mi)
Elevation 56 m (184 ft)
Population (December 2008)
 • Total 6,098
 • Density 7,600/km2 (20,000/sq mi)
Demonym Belti (m), Beltija (f), Beltin (pl)
Postal code VLT
Dialin code 356
Patron Saints Saunt Dominic, Oor Lady o Munt Carmel, Saunt Paul, Saunt Augustine
Feast Days August 3 & Februar 10
Website Offeecial wabsteid

Valletta is the caipital o Maltae, colloquially kent as Il-Belt (Inglis: The City) in Maltese. It is locatit in the central-eastren portion o the island o Malta an the historical ceety haes a population o 6,098. The name "Valletta" is traditionally reserved for the historic wawed citadel that serves as Maltae's principal admeenistrative destrict. Housomeivver, Valletta, like mony historical ceety centres, forms pairt o a continuous urban agglomeration eften referred tae as "Greater Valletta." Accordin tae Eurostat, Valletta haes a population o 368,250 at the ceety level.

Valletta contains biggins frae the 16t century onwards, built durin the rule o the Order o St. John o Jerusalem, an aa kent as Knights Hospitaller. The ceety is essentially Baroque in character, wi elements o Mannerist, Neo-Classical an Modren airchitectur in selectit auries, though Warld War II left major scars on the ceety. The Ceety o Valletta wis offeecially recognised as a Warld Heritage Site bi UNESCO in 1980.

The ceety is named for Jean Parisot de la Valette, who succeedit in defendin the island frae an Ottoman invasion in 1565. The offeecial name given bi the Order o Saunt John wis Humilissima Civitas Valletta — The Maist Humble Ceety o Valletta, or Città Umilissima in Italian. The bastions, curtains an ravelins alang wi the beauty o its Baroque palaces, gardens an kirks, led the rulin hooses o Europe tae give the ceety its nickname Superbissima — 'Maist Proud'.