Restoration works at the Grand Master’s Palace in Valletta are progressing swiftly . Works are being carried out on the painted ceilings inside the corridor. The restoration work will also focus on the marble floor and halls which will be redecorated.
The Tapestry Room which for many years was the place where Parliament was convened is serving as a laboratory for the restoration works on the soffit of the corridors of the Grand Master’s Palace.
Restorer Francesca Muscat, said that currently the soffit was being cleaned using a Trompe-l’œil technique- the work of Niccolo’ Nasoni.
Francesca Muscat said “we are removing what others did in the name of restoration. At the time it was considered satisfactory, but today we have more efficient methods and materials so we are removing what there was to restore the ceiling to its original state.”
She said that the largest intervention will take place at the premises currently being used by the Office of the Attorney General. Once this is vacated, the office will be replaced by a centre of information for visitors.
[Caption id = “attachment_651242” align = “alignnone” width = “2048”] Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici and Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds and Social Dialogue Aaron Farrugia visit restoration and regeneration works at the Grandmaster’s Palace[/caption]
The project, which is managed by the Restoration Directorate and Heritage Malta is being carried out with a 10 million euro investment and is being co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.
During a visit to the Palace, Minister of Culture Owen Bonnici said that the project aims to restore the prestige of this historic building to be able to offer an exceptional experience to thousands of visitors who choose to visit this palace every year. Minister Bonnici said that there are areas in the Palace which will be made accessible to the public for the first time.
Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds Aaron Farrugia said that the economic success that the country was experiencing was allowing cultural aspects to be given more priority. He said that European funds are helping to strengthen the community and identity of our country.