Descend into the fascinating depths of Valletta, built first as a fortress and then as a city.
Valletta’s underground was its lifeline. Apart from tunnels for the movement of troops and for grain storage, underground spaces were essential for two other crucial factors: water and drainage, both vital for the survival of the city under siege, but also during peace time.
Centuries later, a new frenzy of digging began. The Second World War saw 17,000 tonnes of bombs dropped over Malta. The population of Valletta moved underground into a dense network of shelters that expanded on existing tunnels and cisterns to shield people from certain death. A tale of desperation, and resistance.
Valletta, a world heritage site, cannot be fully appreciated without experiencing what lies beneath it. A unique experience of defence and survival.
Tours are offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays.
Tickets are available online from www.shop.heritagemalta.org or from the National Museum of Archaeology.
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