Photographer's Note

One of numerous Baroque facades in Valletta

Baroque achievement in Malta reached its peak when Antonio Manoel de Vilhena (1722-1736), a Prince of Portugal, was elected Grand Master on 19 June 1722. The first phase (1722-1725) of architectural development was mainly concerned with upgrading the defenses of Malta in response to a fresh Turkish war scare, this implying the ‘perfezzionamento’ by Mondion of the vast arrays of fortifications created in the previous century. The second phase (1726-1733) was marked by a lavish flowering of Baroque ornamentation intended to shift priorities from military matters to considerations of adornment, amusement and social services. The third phase (1734-1736), just after Mondion’s death on Christmas day of the year 1733, was marked by several projects by Carapecchia for the Conventual Church in Valletta.

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