The Baroque Heritage of Valletta 

A seminar organised by the University's  International
Institute for Baroque Studies in conjunction with the
Museums Department as part of the campaign:
Europe - A Common Heritage

Convenor: Denis De Lucca, Director - IIBS
Venue: National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta
Date: Friday, 3 November 2000
Sponsor: Bank of Valletta

Planned with a great sense of urgency by the military engineer Lapparelli in the last decades of the sixteenth century, Valletta represented a powerful war machine meant to prevent the Grand Turk from invading Christian territory.  As from the seventeenth century, this rudimentary war machine was decorated by the Knights to accommodate their favourite baroque state ceremonies.  In this perspective, the aim of this seminar is to bring together scholars and the general public to evaluate the Baroque heritage of this unique European fortress-city.

0900hrs Opening address
Professor Roger Ellul-Micallef
Rector, University of Malta
0930hrs Valletta - Why, When and How
Arch. Roger de Giorgio
1015hrs The Changing Face of Valletta: 
The transformation from military austerity to baroque splendour
Ms. Annabel Vassallo
1045hrs Coffee Break
1115hrs The Conventual Church of St. John's
Arch. Claude Busuttil
1145hrs The Conservation of the Baroque Heritage of Valletta
Arch. Hermann Bonnici
1215hrs The Spirit of Baroque Valletta
Professor Mauro Bertagnin
1245hrs Video Presentation
1315hrs Closing Address
Rev. Professor Peter Serracino Inglott