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Where to Go in Malta – The Barrakka Lift in Valletta

History of Malta
Macartney, McElroy & Co. Ltd., an engineering company specializing in electric tramway systems, constructed the Upper Barrakka Gardens lift, which opened in September 1905.
Macartney, McElroy & Co. Ltd. also laid down tramlines in Malta in 1904. The tramlines linked the Three Cities and Rabat to Valletta, via Floriana, Hamrun, Birkirkara, Attard and Zebbug.
John Francis Macartney died on the 15th February 1913, aged 44 years. He had been the principal shareholder and managing director of Macartney, McElroy & Co. Ltd. This company designed and constructed the Malta Electric Tramway system in 1904, followed by the Barrakka Electric Lift. Upon his death, the management of the company passed to his son J.F. Macartney. Apart from Malta, the company ran tramways in more than twenty British cities, as well as North and South America and South Africa.
Opened to the public in September 1905, at a cost of £5,000, the Barrakka lift connected Lascaris Wharf (Old Customs House) with Upper Barrakka Gardens offering a shorter and quicker route.
The lift incorporated two cabins each capable of carrying 12 passengers. It rose through 75 tonnes of steelwork vertically 167feet 7inches, with the winding gear housed in a turret even higher at 197feet (60m), to a lateral bridge, extending some 23feet out from the bastion gardens.
Other than a shutdown from October 1917 to June 1919, due to unavailability of spares and coal to generate electricity, the lift would see daily use until 9pm on 2nd February 1973. However, following the
privatisation of the dockyard in 1958 along with the withdrawal of British servicemen in the 1960s, its main source of income, revenue, was insufficient to meet the wages of the six employees and the closure became inevitable.
Malta Attractions
Efforts by the Government to find a company to run yet another Maltese unique and historic transport system were unsuccessful and after lying idle for ten years the lift was dismantled in August 1983. In March 2009 the government submitted a planning application for the construction of the lift. The full development permit was granted in September 2010. The €2.5 million project, mostly funded by the EU, brings back a century-old link between Valletta and Grand Harbour.
The 58m high lift has two passenger cabins with a total capacity of 21 passengers and is able to carry up to 800 people per hour. Its concrete structure is covered with a honey-coloured aluminium mesh to blend in with the fortifications which have been restored.
In order to safeguard the newly-restored bastions, the lift is freestanding so as not to damage the fortifications.

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Luxury Spa Resort Malta – Spa Treatment Calendar

Are you looking forward to Summer? Would you like to look radiant and prepare your skin for the outdoors?
Le Grand Spa at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta has launched a Spa Treatment Calendar. Every month Our Great Malta Spa Team will have special spa treatments comprised of an exquisite natural ingredient, based on its natural, unique and therapeutic benefits.
In March we will be offering an array of treatments featuring seaweed. This super component nourishes the skin and increases circulation.
In April, we will be celebrating the beautifying properties of almond and milk. These are renowned for their cleansing and moisturising properties, leaving the skin supple and radiant.
In May we will be making the most of exquisite tropic fruits, coconut and pineapple, which have excellent moisturising and exfoliating properties.
June will be the month of honey and oatmeal, which sooth and heal the skin.
In July and August, we will be taking advantage of the gorgeous summer fruits on offer. These contain antioxidants, so they help to eliminate free radicals that attack the skin.
Should you require any further information or wish to book any of the treatments offered by this superior Malta Spa kindly contact Le Grand Spa Malta Team on or on +356 21250520.
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Malta Spa – March Special Spa Treatments

Due to the high number of pollutants in the air, the skin and body are highly susceptible to environmental damage. Air pollutants increase skin aging and conditions such as dry skin, psoriasis and eczema. The use of seaweed nourishes, protects, and increases circulation making it vital to maintaining health skin and body.
Seaweed is packed with vitamins, minerals, trace elements, and amino acids that are essential in maintaining healthy and youthful skin. This natural marine wonder helps the aging skin process while protecting it from the harsh environmental elements in the air and water.
This month Le Grand Spa at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta is offering special treatments based on seaweed. Contact Le Grand Spa Malta Team on +356 21250520 or on to place your booking for any of the available treatments.
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