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“A sheltered haven”

National Library of Malta
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Valletta Small-Group Walking Tour
Ranked #31 of 90 things to do in Valletta
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“A sheltered haven”
Reviewed 21 September 2013

Well worth a look, plenty of shelter from the sun and a nicely laid gardens, theres a cafe and clean publuc loos.

Visited September 2013
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“Enlightening”
Reviewed 27 June 2013

As the other reviewer quite rightly states this building should be far higher on the tourist's radar than it is.

If anything the archetecture shows the Knights of Malta in a new light - prior to this we associated their building with huge limestone bastions and fortresses and dusty old towers - this shows their culturall side and is really refreshing in doing that.

In short a fascinating archetectural gem which is walked past by most tourists but really is worth a roam around to put the era of the knights of malta into context.

Visited June 2013
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“Should not be bypassed!”
Reviewed 16 May 2013

In the afternoon we visited this very interesting institution. It is one of the last buildings commissioned by the Knights before their forced departure from Malta. I gather it is not included in most tourist itineraries, which I think is a pity because it is well worth an hour.

The attractive façade is in contrast to the somewhat plainer interior. Producing ID at the reception will procure visitor badges, which grants access. Ascending the lovely staircase leads to the main reading room. There is a display of important historical documents that is interesting. Bookcases around the walls contain many books, many of an older vintage.

Following further checking at the main desk and depositing of bags, we were allowed into the inner reference space containing reference and many other books and journals. Here there was a good selection of recent newspapers, many in English. We spent a while perusing these.

Visited March 2013
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