Tarxien’s Villa Barbaro has been scheduled First Grade

The Planning Authority has placed Villa Barbaro in Tarxien on a First Grade Level as it is one of the oldest buildings in the country and needs greater protection.

The scheduling took place in collaboration with the Superintendent for Cultural heritage and extends further scheduling of other properties including that in a Żejtun street that faces Villa Barbaro. Martin Saliba, the CEO of the Authority, said that although this villa has been under protection since 2009, this scheduling has strengthened the protection from any development that may take place in the same street.

Villa Barbaro and its gardens were built in the 16th Century as the property of the Barbaro family and has architectural heritage values on a par with the Inquisitor’s Palace at Girgenti and Palazzo Gomerino in Rabat.

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