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Sette Giugno Memorial, remembrance of the incidents of the 7th June 1919.

On 7th June every year, Malta commemorates the tragic events of Sette Giugno. This is in remembrance of the riots of 1919 when the Maltese population revolted against the British Government to obtain some form of representative government. Four people died when fire was opened on the protestors: Ġużeppi Bajjada, Manwel Attard, Wenzu Dyer and Karmenu Abela. They are today remembered by a monument to their honour in the square outside the Presidential Palace in Valletta. Also on the same day, the National Assembly was formed. The Maltese wanted self-government. Malta, was in fact, the very first country within the British Empire to be granted self-government.

Valletta

Europe’s Smallest Capital City in the Heart of the deep Blue Mediterranean Sea, Valletta is a Dynamic City which has never ceased to change and move forward, retaining its original beauty and splendor.

Valletta is the designer city of the 16th Century built straight from the drawing-board of three men, a Political Leader and Head of the Order of the Knights, Jean Parisot de la Valette, a warrior engineer Francesco Laparelli, and a Maltese Architect, Girolamo Cassar. Valletta is one of Europe’s most sophisticated micro cities with an intense concentration of baroque architecture and a defense line of Fortifications that is second to non.

Valletta and its Harbours have always responded to the dynamics of time and change. From a Maritime SuperCity of the 17th Century Valletta developed into a Cultural and Commercial Hub in the 18th Century, becoming yet again the strongest Naval Base in the Mediterranean during the 19th and mid-20th Century.

Valletta and its harbours developed from a Port of War to a Port of Peace and from a Port of Heavy Industry to a Port of Culture and Tourism. Valletta is considered to be one of the finest harbours in the World and a unique experience to all seafarers and passengers sailing on the luxury yachts and liners.
Valletta is a city rich in cultural tradition.

The City of Valletta was officially recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1980.
(Source:cityofvalletta.org & visitmalta.com)

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