Valletta - Old Theatre street

Stairway road on Old Theatre street in Valletta

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The street layout of Valletta was designed by the Italian architect Francesco Laparelli da Cortona. He designed a checkerboard layout with straight parallel streets. After having tried for a short while to even out the rock Valletta was built on, the Maltese had to give up. But they held on to the straight layout. As a result Valletta has streets that wave up and down. Also, some streets were so steep that they had to build them as stairs. This panorama shows the south east side of the Old Theatre street (triq it teatru l'antik).

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