Air photo of the New Parliament building
The Italian architect Renzo Piano was awarded the design of a new parliament building in Valletta. The whole project includes also the rehabilitation of the Royal Opera House, destroyed during WWII and a facelift for the city's entrance.
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The project is not without controversy, as a contemporary building in a mainly baroque city does not sit well with everyone. The opponents claim that it is not done that something new is built in something old, while the supporters claim that every time that a new building was built in Valletta by the Order of St John, and later the British, it was a sensation.
We will have to postpone judgement until history has decided. But certainly, it has an air of monumentality. More than 7,000 individually cut lime stone bricks adorn the façade.
One of the new staircases lead to the Central Bank, St James Cavalier and the Auberge de Castille and the other one to Hastings Gardens.
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