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Protecting the most significant buildings, monuments and features of Valletta (16)

The Borsa
This building of the Borsa is a composition of Neo-Classical and the Rococo-Classical similar to that used by Robert Adam. The Borsa was designed by the Maltese architect Giuseppe Bonavia and was completed in 1857.

The building breaks from earlier traditional Valletta buildings in many ways. It includes an Ionic colonnaded portico at street level with widely-spaced and non-fluted columns, a deep recess in the central bay of the second and third floors and the atypical arrangement of levels in the façade, with three smaller levels instead of the usual arrangement of two levels (with a "hidden" mezzanine level) showing on the façade.

The façade composition exhibits clarity and purism through the use of smooth, rust-free surfaces. The use of bas-relief sculptures, medallions, garlands, above lightly decorated balcony doors and fine iron railings give the building a light and elegant appearance. This is not a characteristic found in other buildings in Valletta.

Mepa scheduled the Borsa as a Grade 1 national monument as per Government Notice No. 276/08 in the Government Gazette dated March 28.

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