Top Architectural Gems in Malta You Must See

1 June 2018

Malta is not just wonderful for its beautiful coastline, delicious food and fascinatingly diverse history- it is also home to some amazing architectural gems. If you are spending your holidays in Malta this year, and you are after aesthetically pleasing architectural art, then here are some examples you have to check out!

St. John’s Co-Cathedral

Located in the capital city of Valletta, the cathedral is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist. Built by the Order of St John between 1572 and 1577, it was commissioned by the Grand Master Jean de la Cassiere. Designed by the Maltese architect Girolamo Cassar, its interior is in the Baroque style and was completed by Mattia Preti, amongst others. Its exterior has undergone significant renovation, and the interior is considered to be one of the finest remaining examples of Baroque architecture in Europe.

St. Johns Co-Cathedral

Parliament

The Parliament of Malta is located in the entrance of Valletta and it was constructed between 2011 and 2015. Designed by Renzo Piano, it is a part of the controversial City Gate project which also involved turning the ruins of the Royal Opera House into an open-air theatre. An imposing structure with vast staircases on either side, it sits in the middle of Freedom Square. 

Parliament of Malta

Maltese Balconies 

The balconies that you see on old, Maltese townhouses are unique in their style and appeal. With an abundance of colours, textures, and decorative motifs, they make for interesting talking points as well as great Instagram pictures. Drawing on a range of architectural influences from the last 500 years, they can evoke the feeling of many different eras and countries, and they remain today a very important part of Malta’s architectural heritage. 

Maltese balconies

Mosta Dome

The Rotunda of Mosta, otherwise known as The Parish Church of the Assumption is located in the centre of the town of Mosta. The church was built between 1833 and 1860 to the designs of Giorgio Grognet de Vasse. Built on the ruins of a Renaissance church dating from 1614 to the designs of Tommaso Dingli, the current church is based somewhat on the Pantheon in Rome. Its dome is impressive in scale and it is said to be the fourth largest unsupported dome in the world. The church and its dome were nearly destroyed in the Second World War, when a German bomb pierced the dome and fell into the church during mass. Luckily, the bomb did not explode and the event was considered as a miracle by the local community.

Mosta Dome



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