Floriana, Valletta's suburb
Floriana is located just outside the capital city of Malta, Valletta. The origins of Floriana date back to 1634 when Grandmaster de Paule, sensing another attack by the Ottoman Turks, brought over an Italian engineer, Pietro Paolo Floriani, who built further fortifications in the town. And this is from where Floriana gets its name.
Floriana was meant to be a suburb of Valletta, but it developed to be a town on its own. It covers an area of 133 acres and has a population of around 2,600 people. The town offers a rich history with a number of historic buildings, churches, gardens and monuments that shed a light on the Maltese history.
St. Publius was the first bishop of Malta and the patron saint of Floriana. According to tradition, St. Publius received St. Paul while he was shipwrecked in Malta. St. Publius is the first Maltese saint, and so the devotionof the Maltese towards him is great. Pope John Paul II spoke at the Granaries in Floriana during his two visits to Malta.
Floriana is a primary administrative centre that hosts the Ministry of Education, the Ministry for Infrastructure, the General Police Headquarters, The National Library, and many other public and private entities.
Floriana: Things to see and do
Argotti Gardens: These gardens provide a quiet, relaxing and shady spot in the centre of the city.
Portes des Bombes: This decorative gate forms the outer defensive walls of Valletta. It was constructed between 1697 and 1720 in the baroque style, during the reign of Grandmaster Ramon Perellos y Roccaful. His coat of arms is carven at the top of the part of the gate.
Christ the King Monument: This monument is the creation of the famous local sculptor Antonio Sciortino, in honour of the 24th Eucharistic Congress that was held in Malta in 1913.
Wignacourt Water Tower: Grandmaster Wingnacourt is famous for building the aqueduct system that broughtwater from Rabat towards Valletta. This fountain, which is still in a good condition, commemorates the aqueduct, and is completed with Wignacourt’s coat of arms, and a bowl intended to provide drinking water to horses and other animals.
East-Malta Floriana, Malta Population : 2600 Local council :
15, E.S. Tonna Square, Floriana FRN 1483, Phone: +356 2123 5523 Bus number : 1, 2, 3, 12, 13, 21, 22, 23, 24, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 41, 42, 43, 44, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 61, 62, 63, 71, 72, 73, 81, 82, 83, 84, 91, 92, 130, 133, N13, X4