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On their arrival in Malta, the knights were still using the medieval style that had served them in Rhodes, and in fact their earliest buildings in Birgu and Valletta included features of this outdated style combined with Glormu Cassar’s simple Mannerist style that suited the military character of Valletta’s early buildings. Buildings constructed during the early period of the Order’s rule tended to be austere and restrained in decorative features. It was the resident architect Francesco Bounamici who introduced Baroque to Malta in 1635, when he designed the Jesuit Church.

Wishing to update their city to the standard of the finest capitals of Europe, the Knights brought a new elegance to the streets of Valletta with the construction of new churches, remodeling the facades of the auberges and public buildings, and dressing the fortification gates with Baroque decoration.

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