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Did you know? Floriana’s Argotti Gardens were once home to this stunning greenhouse
Sadly, only photos remain…

Sarah Micallef

Arguably the most beautiful of Floriana’s public gardens, the recently refurbished Argotti Gardens are among the oldest Commonwealth gardens and serve as a wonderful green haven within their urban environment.

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Initially belonging to the Bailiff Ignatius de Argote y Guzman, what many may not know is that the 18th-century botanical garden was once home to an incredible structure which no longer exists today: an impressive greenhouse designed by draughtsman Andrea Vassallo.

But, while photos of the impressive greenhouse still exist, sadly, that’s all that’s left of it. Built in 1903, it had to be taken down in 1931 after a lack of maintenance.

Lina Naudi via ‎PICTORIAL MALTA & GOZO IN OLDEN TIMES / Facebook

Lina Naudi via ‎PICTORIAL MALTA & GOZO IN OLDEN TIMES / Facebook

The gardens themselves were recently reopened to the public following a €2.4million restoration, and while the proud greenhouse shown in these photos is nowhere to be seen, they remain an incredible green space, and are well worth a visit.

Did you know about Argotti’s missing greenhouse?

18th July 2021


Sarah Micallef
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Sarah Micallef
A keen traveller with an interest in most things, Sarah loves her island home as much as she loves getting away from it, and enjoys discovering and re-discovering the gems, hidden corners and unique stories of her native Malta and Gozo.

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