Valletta
Back in time! Beautiful vintage photo shows a very different Valletta scene in 1845
Life was different back then.

Sarah Micallef

Few may know that The Grandmaster's Palace in the capital city was one of the first buildings in Valletta; starting out as the official residence of most Grand Masters and later becoming that of successive British Governors, as well as the seat of the Office of the President of the Republic and the House of Parliament.

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Nowadays, the Palace houses one of the world’s greatest historic arms collections and ranks among the most valuable historic monuments of European culture, drawing crowds of visitors and history buffs every year.

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Still, while the historic beauty of the architecture alone can transport you back in time, vintage photos like this one can give an authentic feel of what life must have been like. Showcasing a trio of rudimentary carriage parked within the palace courtyard (recognisable through the distinct arches), it alludes to a different way of life.

Francis Mifsud via ‎Malta before WWII - Malta qabel it-tieni gwerra / Facebook

Francis Mifsud via ‎Malta before WWII - Malta qabel it-tieni gwerra / Facebook

Dating back to between 1845 and 1846, the photo was taken before the advent of the motorcar – widely regarded to be 1886, when German inventor Karl Benz patented his Benz Patent-Motorwagen.

Can you imagine Malta and Gozo without cars in the streets?

14th July 2020


Sarah Micallef
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Sarah Micallef
A keen traveller with an interest in most things, Sarah loves her island home as much as she loves getting away from it, and enjoys discovering and re-discovering the gems, hidden corners and unique stories of her native Malta and Gozo.

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