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Take a step back in time to Valletta 100 years ago

These stunning black-and-white photos provide a fascinating glimpse of Malta’s capital city in bygone decades – when trams regularly ran through the streets and the famous Theatre Royal was still a popular entertainment venue.

The images feature all manner of goings-on in Valletta around 100 years ago, from familiar sights of commuters and shoppers to the more unexpected sight of Malta’s electric trams waiting to pick up passengers outside King’s Gate.

Valletta has long been a hive of activity, and this gallery of photographs highlights some of its most famous landmarks.

These remarkable pictures were taken by Valletta-based photographer Salvatore Lorenzo Cassar.

1. Kingsway with the Royal Opera House on the right


2. The view from King’s Gate in Valletta across to the Granaries in Floriana


3. Spectators watch as cannons fire from the Saluting Battery


4. Another busy day in Valletta’s Grand Harbour


5. The majestic King’s Gate entrance to Valletta

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