Category Archives: Valletta

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.

For more information on Things to do in Malta during your holidays contact the dedicated team at one of the Luxury Malta Hotels and they will assist you in having enjoyable short breaks in Malta.

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Malta Events – Valletta International Piano Festival 2013

If you will be visiting Malta between the 2nd and 10th February for the Valletta International Piano Festival there is no better place to stay than at a superior five star Malta Hotel on the doorstep of Valletta. A lot of events will be taking place during these dates as the Maltese Islands, and especially Valletta will also be celebrating Carnival. Besides during this weekend the Grand Hotel Excelsior will also be celebrating the Chinese New Year 2013.

On the occasion of the Valletta International Piano Festival the Grand Hotel Excelsior has come up with an attractive package.

The Piano Festival Package includes:

• Welcome drink upon arrival,
• Daily buffet breakfast,
• An automatic upgrade from a Deluxe Inland Room to a Deluxe Partial Sea View Room,
• One pass per person booked to the ‘His Majesty Grand Piano’ Concert on the 9th February taking place at the Grand Hotel Excelsior at 8.30pm,
• Use of our Leisure facilities during your stay and
• Free Parking (subject to availability).

Package price is at 190 Euro for two person sharing a Deluxe Partial Sea View Room. Above package is for the night of the 9th February.

Should you require any further information kindly visit this Luxury Malta Hotel’s website or contact Our Reservations Team on reservations@excelsior.com.mt.
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Valletta International Baroque Festival 2013

The first edition of the Valletta International Baroque Festival will take place between the 9th and 26th of January 2013, to celebrate the baroque identity of our truly special capital city, Valletta.
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Would you like to enjoy a special Malta holiday deal during this Festival at a superior five star hotel on the doorstep of Valletta?

Book by the 31st December and get a 25% off the Bed and Breakfast Rate. Offer is on fully prepaid and non refundable basis.

Rates start from €49.00 per person per night in a Deluxe Double Inland Room.

For more information about the Festival you may wish to visit: http://www.vallettabaroquefestival.com.mt/.

Should you require further details about the above mentioned offer please feel free to contact this Luxury Malta Hotel on 00356 21250520.

Terms and Conditions Apply.

   Video Courtesy of the Valletta Baroque Festival.
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