Parliament House

The Parliament House (MalteseDar il-Parlament) is the meeting place of the Parliament of Malta located in VallettaMalta. The building was constructed between 2011 and 2015 to designs by Renzo Piano as part of the City Gate Project, which also included building a new City Gate and converting the ruins of the Royal Opera House into an open-air theatre. Construction of the Parliament House generated considerable controversy, mainly due to the modern design of the building and the cost of construction, which amounted to around 90 million.

From 1921 to 1976, the meeting place of the Parliament of Malta had been the Tapestry Chamber of the Grandmaster’s Palace, also in Valletta. In 1976, the former armoury of the same palace was converted into a new parliament, and meetings were held there until the opening of the purpose-built Parliament House on 4 May 2015.

Parliament Square

Parliament Square

12 Comments CherryPie on Jan 8th 2024

12 Responses to “Parliament House”

  1. It looks rather modest, compared to the Scottish Parliament.
    I hope they debate in Maltesers.
    I mean Maltese, Valletta makes me hungry.

  2. Ayush says:

    i am afraid i cannot say much for the windowless construction, CP. but i do like the other buildings.

  3. Ginnie Hart says:

    I don’t remember seeing this building, Cherry, or if I did, I didn’t take a photo of it. Hmmm. Isn’t it interesting how we’re all different witnesses to the same place!

    • CherryPie says:

      It is just inside the city gate past the Triton Fountain. It is interesting how everyone see the same place in a different way.

      I regret the loss of my photos when my camera went missing. Mr C’s photo journey of the same places is quite different to how I saw the same things.

  4. lisl says:

    No looking out of the windows when debating, Cherie

  5. Looks fabulous, CP. The fountain is really beautiful. I’ve always wanted to visit Valletta. Must say, the parliament building looks less ugly than the Scottish Parliament, though the interior design of the latter is very good (in my humble opinion).

    • CherryPie says:

      There is a lot of history to explore in Valletta. The parliament buidling works well within its surroundings, although the inside (judging by online photos) resembles a prison.

  6. Chrystal Chaplow says:

    Oh my, I have missed so much! Lots of catching up still to do!

    I agree with other commenters, what an eyesore compared to the other buildings. It looks like what’s left after a zombie apocalypse lol

    The other buildings are lovely, though, old cultural-mix European feel.

    PS – forgive if this, or any comment posts twice. My phone is the only way that allows comments. And no emojis, this time, because last time, they all turned into several question marks instead lol.

    I’m sure people were like “???” when they read them. (Okay those question marks were intentional :)