Valletta Waterfront

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Valletta Waterfront at night
Valletta Waterfront by day

The Valletta Waterfront, also known as Pinto Wharf or Pinto Stores,[1] is a baroque wharf in Floriana, Malta.[2] The buildings were originally stores and warehouses built in the 18th century. The area now plays a role in Malta's cruise liner business, and it also contains a concentration of bars, retail outlets and restaurants. It was also a venue for several concerts and events, such as the Malta Jazz Festival, the Malta Fireworks Festival and the Perfect Wedding Fair.[3]

History[edit]

The waterfront viewed from above, showing the car park behind some of the facades.

The Valletta Waterfront was originally built in 1752 by Grandmaster Manuel Pinto de Fonseca. There were nineteen stores and a church.

The area was devastated by aerial bombardment in World War II, due to its proximity to the Malta Dockyard and the British naval forces in Grand Harbour. Some of the stores were completely destroyed during the war.[4]

The area was thoroughly restored and renovated in recent years. For the buildings which had been completely destroyed in the war, only the facades were rebuilt and not the interior. The area behind these facades is now a car park. The doors of the buildings were painted with different colours signifying the different types of goods that were once stored in them. Blue signified storage of fish, green for produce, yellow for wheat and red for wine.[5]

The Valletta Waterfront is now run by a private consortium who offers management overseeing for Malta's cruise liner business. The waterfront also contains 12 restaurants and a number of bars and retail outlets. Various events are also held in the Waterfront and the immediate vicinity.[6]

The waterfront also contains the Flight into Egypt Church, which was built in 1752 along with the stores. The church was also bombed in World War II, but it has since been restored. Mass is celebrated here every Saturday evening.[7]

The Pinto Stores were included on the Antiquities List of 1925,[8] are a grade 1 national monument[9] and they are listed on the National Inventory of the Cultural Property of the Maltese Islands (NICPMI).[10]

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Unknown (30 December 2012). "125 properties on National Inventory of the Cultural Property". The Malta Independent. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  2. ^ Psaila, Christian (8 December 2005). "The Floriana Waterfront". Times of Malta. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  3. ^ http://www.planetware.com/tourist-attractions-/valletta-m-m-vall.htm
  4. ^ https://www.mepa.org.mt/file.aspx?f=1733
  5. ^ "Pinto Stores" (PDF). National Inventory of the Cultural Property of the Maltese Islands. 28 December 2012. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "Spend some quality time". Times of Malta. 7 November 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  7. ^ Scerri, John. "Floriana". malta-canada.com. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "Protection of Antiquities Regulations 21st November, 1932 Government Notice 402 of 1932, as Amended by Government Notices 127 of 1935 and 338 of 1939.". Malta Environment and Planning Authority. Archived from the original on 20 April 2016. 
  9. ^ https://www.mepa.org.mt/file.aspx?f=1733
  10. ^ Unknown (30 December 2012). "125 properties on National Inventory of the Cultural Property". The Malta Independent. Retrieved 10 March 2016.

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Coordinates: 35°53′24″N 14°30′29″E / 35.89000°N 14.50806°E / 35.89000; 14.50806