|Ft. St. Angelo|
|Valletta built into the hillside|
The city itself seems wedged into the hillside, with steep and narrow city streets that have picturesque charm with many baroque architectural elements, and little unused space.
|Elevator from the quay to the town|
In the afternoon we toured the Grand Master's palace, which houses some exceptional 300 year old tapestries. The House of Representatives of Malta now meets in the imposing rooms with impressive frescoes interspersed with knightly armor.
|Inside Grand Master's Palace|
|Armor in the Palace|
The Prime Minister's offices are located in the Auberge de Castille, one of the former residences of one of the eight national groups that made up the Knights of St. John, the 'langues'. The langues seemed to like to out-do one another with lavish displays of artwork and architecture (more on that in the post about St. John's Co-Cathedral!).
|Auberge de Castille|
|Grand Master's Palace|
|Upper Barrakka Gardens|
One of our stops was the Archaeology Museum that displays many of the original temple artifacts (replicas of many of the precious items are on site on temple grounds, while the originals reside at the museum. So many unique and beautiful pieces are found at the Archaeology Museum, it deserves it's own post! Next time!