Statue of Grand Master Jean de Vallette – Opening ceremony and day after.
Just a few meters away from the foundation stone, a new statue of Valletta’s founder Grand Master Jean de Vallette is being placed in a newly built square next to St. Catherine Church. This area was previously the police station, demolished as part of the Renzo Piano Regeneration of Valletta project. Built by sculptor Joseph Chetcuti this bronze statue is 2.5 meters long and weighs over 700 kilos. The Grand Master is wearing his armour, a sword and Valletta’s building plans in his right hand.
The official opening is scheduled for tomorrow 21st November 2012.
Photographs of the construction works on the Old Theatre and in Freedom Square. Previously a car park, Malta’s new parliament is being constructed as part of the Renzo Piano Project for the entrance to Valletta.
Architect Renzo Piano unveiled the designs for the entrance to Valletta on Saturday 27th June 2009. This extensive project is expected to be completed by 2014. Piano’s plan include the new parliament that will be built in Freedom Square, restoring City gate to its original design of 1633, re building the Old theatre for out door performances, re furbish Valletta bus terminus, a new lift from City Gate down to Valletta ditch that will be turned into public gardens and other over all restorations.