Shops leading to Valletta’s Victoria Gate to get facelift

Valletta’s once busiest commercial area at Ta’ Liesse Hill is set to be brought back to life after the Planning Authority approved a restoration project

Ta' Liesse Hill leading up to Valletta's Victoria Gate
Ta' Liesse Hill leading up to Valletta's Victoria Gate

Shopfronts along Ta’ Liesse Hill leading to Victoria Gate in Valletta will be restored to their former glory after the Planning Authority gave its go-ahead.

The area was one of Valletta’s busiest commercial spots in years gone by.

The PA’s planning commission this morning approved the permit for the restoration works to be carried out.

The project is part of a wider initiative to regenerate this area of Valletta and make it more appealing for tourists visiting the capital.

The façades of these buildings are in dire need of restoration and suffering from deteriorated and damaged stonework, black crust, biological growth and missing architectural elements.

“The works which will be carried out under the auspices of the Malta Tourism Authority will see these historical buildings regain their character and charm,” the PA said in a statement.

Ta' Liesse was a prime commercial hub in Valletta
Ta' Liesse was a prime commercial hub in Valletta

The current Victoria Gate was built in 1885 by architect Emmanuele Luigi Galizia to replace the original single arch gate constructed by the knights.

The Planning Commission also gave its thumbs up for the upgrading and restoration of a number of streets that surround the old Civil Abattoir in Valletta, which is currently being rehabilitated and transformed into a design cluster.

More in Townscapes