Gentle climb to Valletta’s bastions

Stairs beside the City Gateway in Valletta, Malta, March 2019

 A major demolition and rebuild of Valletta’s City Gate took place between 2011 and 2014. The two flights of stairs shown here, were part of that major rebuild of the entrance into the city. The first gated entrance to the city was built in 1569, with several replacements through ought its history.

The current work is the fifth gateway. The architect, Renzo Piano, has tried to recreate the overall setting of the first gate with clear views of the bastions and the defensive ditch below, but in a style specific to the renowned designer.

The gentle staircases to the side of the gateway, lead up to the two bastions to the sides of the gate, St. James’ Bastion and St John’s Bastion. They also provide good views of the neighbouring Parliament Building and out of the walled city to the Triton Fountain.



Copyright Debbie Smyth, 3 April 2019
Posted as part of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

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