The Venue for European Maritime Day 2013, Valletta, Malta
The event shall be held at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, in Mediterranean Street, Valletta, Malta. This is a magnificent 16th century building located towards the tip of the Valletta peninsula and has splendid views of Malta’s wonderful Grand Harbour. Find it on Google Maps.
For over two centuries, the buidling was the ‘Sacra Infermeria’ or Holy Infirmary of the Order of St. John. Constructed in the latter part of the 16th Century, this architectural landmark has had a fascinating history during which it was subject to various transformations as it changed to accommodate the needs of the day. Today The Mediterranean Conference Centre boasts a total of ten halls and nine syndicate rooms over an area of 7,000 square metres. The halls vary in size and are therefore suitable for a range of events.
The main conference shall be held in Republic Hall which is Malta’s largest Auditorium which has a maximum seating capacity of 1,400. The impressive hall was constructed in place of what once was the Main Courtyard of the Sacra Infermeria. In this hall old masonry and modern technology blend to perfection. The deep red theatre curtain and comfortable seating combined with the yellowed old stone visible in the arches on the sides of the auditorium create a warm and pleasing ambience.
The ‘Sacra Infermeria’ Hall within the Mediterranean Conference Centre is an extraordinary and magnificent space. This hall was once the Long Ward of the Holy Infirmary of the Order of St. John. It is one of the longest halls in Europe and was recognised as an architectural feat in the 16th century when it was constructed. This Hall shall be housing the European Maritime Day Stakeholders’ Exhibition together with the lunch and coffee facilities during the two days of the conference.
All meeting rooms within the Mediterranean Conference Centre have wireless internet access.
Valletta, the Capital City
The Mediterranean Conference Centre is situated at the far end of Malta’s capital city, Valletta. Valletta is literally an open-air museum rich with Baroque architecture. It was built by the Knights of St. John nearly five centuries ago and is adorned with numerous palaces and manificent buildings. Valletta is a World Heritage site and is also the European Capital of Culture for 2018.
Valletta is a centuries old city. View some old maps of Valletta.