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Il-Belt Valletta

Ċittà Umilissima
Ceity an Local cooncil
Humilissima Civitas Valletta
Valletta skyline
Valletta skyline
Coat of airms o Il-Belt Valletta
Coat airms
Città Umilissima
Location athin Maltae
Location athin Maltae
Coordinates: 35°53′52″N 14°30′45″E / 35.89778°N 14.51250°E / 35.89778; 14.51250
Kintra Maltae
 • MayorAlexiei Dingli (PN)
 • Total0.8 km2 (0.3 sq mi)
56 m (184 ft)
 (December 2008)
 • Total6,098
 • Density7,600/km2 (20,000/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Belti (m), Beltija (f), Beltin (pl)
Time zoneUTC+1
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2
Postal code
Dialin code356
Patron SaintsSaunt Dominic, Oor Lady o Munt Carmel, Saunt Paul, Saunt Augustine
Feast DaysAugust 3 & Februar 10
WebsiteOffeecial 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 ceity haes a population o 6,098. The name "Valletta" is tradeetionally reserved for the historic wawed citadel that serves as Maltae's principal admeenistrative destrict. Housomeivver, Valletta, lik mony historical ceity centres, forms pairt o a conteenous urban agglomeration eften referred tae as "Greater Valletta." Accordin tae Eurostat, Valletta haes a population o 368,250 at the ceity level.

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

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