21st December 2015
Renzo Piano's City Gate Project, completed last May, included the new parliament building.
Valletta City Gate by night.The project, to the public's widespread dismay, was shelved two years ago due to budgetary reasons. Despite this, a lift served by a Gozo stone staircase, linking the ditch to the city's main gate was recently completed. The restoration of the ditch, which Renzo Piano stated was "very important" to the rest of this project, completed in May, comes as good news for the city which is rapidly evolving, both physically and culturally. In looking forward to hosting the Valletta 2018 Capital of Culture events and enjoying an increasingly raised profile, many of the city's characteristic buildings, among which majestic Baroque palazzos, are being restored to their former glory and being turned into stylish commercial premises or city residences. More and more people are looking to visit or move to the city and undoubtedly, this embellishment project will further add value to Valletta's profile, its cultural and historical legacy and attract further investment.
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