The Upper Barrakka Gardens are the favorite place for the visitors of Valletta. The picturesque park with fountains, alcoves, blooming trees and flowers, sculptures and monuments cannot leave indifferent. The park is equipped with observation decks so that every visitor to the park had the opportunity to contemplate the beauty of The Great Harbour and the Three cities.
The arched terrace of the garden was created in 1661 on the bastion of Valletta`s best-fortified location by one of the Italian knights Fra Flaminio Balbiani. Originally it was the property of the Italians-members of Saint John`s order. It was built as a roofed terrace, but in 1775 the ceiling was removed and the garden acquired their actual appearance. In 1810, after the end of French occupation of Malta, the ark was opened to public.
Maltese island has rather scanty vegetation, and it makes the green areas very precious. The Garden is abundant with coniferous trees: pines, eucalyptus trees, oleanders. The air in this park is rich with essential oils and is good for health.
But not only the trees make this place interesting for the guests and habitants of the island. The Upper Barrakka Gardens are rich with park sculptures. Among the most famous ones is the bust of Sir Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister of England before the Second World War. The other important sculpture is “The Gavroches” depicting three children during The Great French revolution is the reference to Hugo`s novel “Les Miserables”.
Downside, behind The Main fountain the Old Saluting Battery consisting of eleven cannons, is situated. Every day at 12 o`clock the gunners make a shot following all necessary war preparations and ceremonial.