Daily Archives: July 22, 2014

Carmelite Church | Valletta, Malta | 22 July 2014

The sense of mystery inspired by the richly-painted dome interior at the Carmelite Church is deepened when one considers that no-one knows who actually designed it. Many attribute the French military engineer Mederico de Blondel des Croisettes, who built the Santa Maria di Gesù in Valletta. Nonetheless you are walking among secrets here in the first elliptically-designed Baroque church in Malta, where the Friars dutifully gather in turns for the Eucharist and the ‘Divine Office’.

With the building stripped of its precious silver and damask hangings during the French occupation of 1798-1799, Maltese rebels finally rose against their oppressors: the church was laid to siege while a young boy climbed the belfry to ring the bell as a call to arms, igniting Mdina’s revolt against French domination.

Information from:
Web: http://www.maltacultureguide.com/index.php?page=article&article_id=18

© Tony Blood - Carmelite Church. Valletta Malta, 22 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Carmelite Church. Valletta Malta, 22 July 2014

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Bridge Bar | Valletta, Malta | 22 July 2014

The Bridge Bar is open every Friday during the summer. Customers can sit outside on cushions on the steps and listen to Live-Jazz music.

© Tony Blood - Bridge Bar. Valletta Malta, 22 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Bridge Bar. Valletta Malta, 22 July 2014

Pjazza Teatru Rjal (Opera House) | Valletta, Malta | 22 July 2014

Pjazza Teatru Rjal, the open theatre on the ruins of the former Opera House in Valletta, was officially inaugurated in August 2013. The theatre forms part of the City Gate project designed by renowned italian architect Renzo Piano, whcih also incorporates the entrance to the city and the new parliament building. The theatre project included excavation to create changing rooms, wardrobes and space for equipment underground behind the theatre between the Church of Our Lady of Victory and Piazza de Valette. The remaining ruins of the old theatre were cleaned and restored, including the former ticket offices at the front, which until recently used to house small shops.

Information from:
Web: http://www.visitmalta.com/en/info/pjazza-teatru-rjal

© Tony Blood - Pjazza Teatru Rjal. Valletta Malta, 22 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Pjazza Teatru Rjal. Valletta Malta, 22 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Pjazza Teatru Rjal. Valletta Malta, 22 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Pjazza Teatru Rjal. Valletta Malta, 22 July 2014

Grandmaster’s Palace | Valletta, Malta | 22 July 2014

The Grandmaster’s Palace (officially referred to as The Palace) is located in Valletta. It currently houses the Office of the President of Malta and the House of Representatives, as well as being a heritage site run by Heritage Malta.

The site of the Grandmaster’s Palace was originally an Auberge d’Italie. The Auberge was built in 1570 on the design of Girolamo Cassar. This was also the house of Eustachio del Monte, a nephewof Grandmaster Jean Parisot de Valette, founder of the city. In 1571 the Auberge was purchased and Cassar was once again commissioned to enlarge it into a palace. Another Auberge d’Italie was built in Valletta which is now used by the Ministry of Tourism and the Malta Tourism Authority.

Over the years, the Palace was enlarged and developed by successive Grandmasters to serve as their official residence. In the 18th-century, traveller Patrick Brydone noted that, ‘the Grand Master (who studies conveniency more than magnificence) is more comfortably and commodiously, lodged than any prince in Europe, the King of Sardenia perhaps only excepted.’

During the British period it served as the Governor’s Palace. The Council of Government and the Malta Legislative Assembly (precursors to the present day House of Representatives) met here and it also was the first place to serve as the office of the Prime Minister.

A new parliament building is under construction as of 2014 and the House of Representatives will move from the Grandmaster’s Palace to the new building once construction is completed.

Information from:
Web: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grandmaster%27s_Palace

© Tony Blood - Grandmaster's Palace. Valletta Malta, 22 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Grandmaster’s Palace. Valletta Malta, 22 July 2014