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Floriana was developed as a suburb of Valletta. It is named after its architect, the Italian military engineer Pietro Paolo Floriani from Macerata. Floriana spreads out over the peninsula from harbour to harbour. Originally it was called 'Borg Vilhena' or 'Città di Vilhena', after Grand Master Manoel de Vilhena.
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The Order of Malta, even after the building of the fortified city of Valletta, could never put its mind at rest concerning a renewed attack by the Ottomans. Grand Master de Paule requested aid from Pope Urban VIII regarding the strengthening of the fortifications surrounding Valletta.
The plans of Pietro Paolo Floriani were, although not without resistance from other engineers, accepted by the Order of Malta. The new fortifications were erected on the sloping hill in front of Valletta from 1636 onwards, roughly 70 years after the foundation of Valletta itself. Both the fortifications of Valletta and Floriana never saw any active battle engagement with the feared and respected Ottoman enemy. The residential area of Floriana lies mainly at the Grand Harbour side, while the buildings at the side of the Marxamxetto Harbour generally provide space for ministries and other governmental institutions, such as the tax office and police headquarters.
Today Floriana is a municipality with lots of greenery and more than 1 million cruise liner tourists enter the picturesque Waterfront every year to visit Valletta.
But the beautiful historic sights in Floriana should certainly not be underestimated.
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Church with the horse-drawn carriages (karozzin).
The water tower.
To reach Valletta by land (1700), then you must first pass this gate (Porte des Bombes).
Is that all! no, certainly not! There is also the Police museum, Argotti Botanic Gardens, Rober Samut Hal, The Granaries, Sarria Church, Waterfront, Wignacourt Water Tower and much more. Discover Floriana with this app.
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