These pics show popular food market Is-Suq tal-Belt as you’ve never seen it before!
Is-Suq tal-Belt has been around for over 150 years, but it hasn't always looked as we know it today.
Is-Suq tal-Belt Valletta Food Market / Facebook
Prior to having a food market building erected, the site was a square in which torture, public humiliations and executions used to take place. Bit of a gruesome mid-millenium history there, but luckily it morphed into a market area, which became the area's main purpose. Seeing this, the Brits decided to commission a structure to house vendors and amp commerce.
Giulio Zammit via Nostalgia Malta / Facebook
The 158-year old building opened its doors to the public in 1861, after two years of construction.
Jeremy Wonnacott via Department of Information (Malta) / Facebook
The building was among the many casualties of WWII, and although repairs were initiated almost immediately, the architecture didn't quite match the original designs.
Chris Mercica via Nostalgia Malta / Facebook
Its standards declined in the post-war years, despite the hustle and bustle surrounding it.
Noel Farrugia via Nostalgia Malta / Facebook
Two levels were added to the structure, and the market atmosphere persevered to some extent into the '70s until it eventually lost its purpose in the '80s.
Maria Micallef via Nostalgia Malta / Facebook
After much public demand, restoration works began in 2016 and were finished two years later. The efforts resuscitated Valletta's market atmosphere, an element which had been missing from the city in the past few decades.
Francis Cremona / Facebook
That's one evolution process!