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Simply stunning! Local artist creates miniature Royal Opera House model
What patience!

Kim Vella

There are many ways to immortalise the history our little island is packed with – and Carmelo Camilleri has found one of them.  

Carmelo, a local artist, spent two whole years creating this miniature masterpiece; a model of the Royal Opera House that once stood tall in Valletta.    

"The Royal Opera House was built during the British Era on the site of the Auberge d'Angleterre in Strada Reale, Valletta between 1862 and 1866," Discover Malta wrote in a post on social media. 

Sadly, the epic theatre fell victim to a World War II air raid by Luftwaffe bombers after suffering from a direct hit and crumbled to the ground   

Today all that's left are the building's foundations which were later redesigned and converted into an open-air theatre by famous Italian architect Renzo Piano.

However, thanks to the hands (and endless patience) of Carmelo, we're still able to appreciate the historical building’s beauty.

If you’re curious to learn more about this beautiful piece of architecture, read up on some of its history here 

Do you think it should be rebuilt?   

4th January 2022


Kim Vella
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Kim Vella
A highly curious explorer always looking to find her next adventure. Kim loves sharing her experiences and what's happening on the Maltese Islands. When not writing, you’ll probably find her playing around with some clay or somewhere surrounded by trees. She's always up for listening to people's stories about anything to do with nature, a passion project or issue you feel needs tending to.

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