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A bygone era! 130-year-old photo shows what Valletta’s Republic Street looked like back in the 19th century
No one alive today can remember Valletta looking like this!

Emma Galea

A photo shared ‘The Embassy Valletta Hotel’ that taken by Frank Lea-Ellis highlights how Malta’s capital city of Valletta looked like over 130 years ago!

Although Valletta has very much changed since then, it is still recognisable, and the photos was clearly taken from some kind of balcony overlooking Republic Street.

Malta’s characteristic and traditional balconies were very much dominating the main street’s architecture.

People can be observed casually strolling in traditional Victorian clothing as horse drawn carriages pass through the picturesque streets.

Valletta’s third ever city gate can also be seen. It was largely known as the Porta Reale. It was designed by Col. Thompson of the Royal Engineers, consisting of two central arches with two smaller ones.

Do you think Valletta has changed much since then?

Facebook/The Embassy Valletta Hotel

11th August 2023


Emma Galea
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Emma Galea
Emma is a Gozitan writer who loves all things related to English literature and history. When not busy studying or writing you will either find her immersed in a fictional book or at the cinema trying to watch as many films as she possibly can!

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