The capital city of Malta was founded by Grand Master Jean Parisot de la Valette. It is a city steeped in history and beauty. The former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli said that Valletta is a ‘City built by gentlemen for gentlemen’. He continued saying that ‘Valletta equals in its noble architecture, if it does not excel, any capital in Europe’. Even in today Valletta continues to draw admiration. The renowned contemporary architect, Renzo Piano, described Valletta as ‘a baroque Manhattan'
This year Valletta has been designated the title of ‘Cultural Capital of Europe’. The exhibition being organised at the Embassy of Malta in Washington DC will seek to illustrate the special fabric of Valletta, its history, its regeneration, its place in European and world history.