Point of Interest

Statue of Valletta

Malta / Europe

Statue of Jean Parisot de Valette was made of bronze by Joseph Chetcuti and given by Lombard Bank in 2012. He holds a sword in one hand and the plans for Valletta in the other.Jean Parisot de Valette (1495-1568) was the hero of the Great Siege of 1565. He was a French nobleman who served as 49th Grand Master of the Order of Malta from 1557, and he was part of the Langue de Provence. After the Fort Saint Elmo, he managed to retain Birgu and Isla, despite being outnumbered by 30,000 Ottoman soldiers.On the 28th March 1566, he laid the foundation stone for Valletta, the new city which was eventually named after him. He died on the 21st August 1568, and is buried in the crypt of Saint John’s Co-Cathedral.

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