The National Library of Malta will be holding a series of public lectures over the coming months.

The series, which includes eight lectures on Malta’s urban landscapes and archives, is entitled Cities, Harbours and Artefacts: Transformations of an Early Modern Landscape’. They are coordinated by Mevrick Spiteri and Maroma Camilleri.

The first lecture, The Building of a New City – Valletta, will be delivered by architect Claude Busuttil from the International Institute of Baroque Studies of the University of Malta.

Busuttil’s lecture will focus on the planning of the new Renaissance city, Valletta, and on the Cortonese architect Francesco Laparelli who designed its urban plan.

It will furthermore elaborate on the building of Valletta’s fortifications, palaces and houses that  started to take shape soon after Grand Master Jean de Valette inaugurated the new city in March 1566.

The first lecture will be held tomorrow at 6.30pm. Admission to the lectures is free. The lectures will be followed by light refreshments. Further information may be found on the National Library of Malta Facebook page: For queries, e-mail