The Office of the President has unveiled the new state rooms at the San Anton Presidential Palace in Attard. A four-year long project to restore and and develop the new state rooms in the Palace to their former glory, as well as ensure the different historical periods are duly represented.
“We are gathered here to inaugurate seven new State Rooms, which have been named after various statesmen and stateswomen and other historical personalities, who have all contributed to the history of Malta and Gozo,” said Her Excellency President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca at the unveiling.
The president said that since the beginning of her Presidency four years ago, she had always focused on the importance of promoting Malta’s unique identity and heritage.
“I am proud to say that this identity is perfectly expressed in the architectural and cultural heritage of our islands, which connects us to the values and the traditions of our ancestors, while also guiding us into the future,” she said.
She thanked the team of professionals, experts and crafts-people for restoring the Palace to its former glory, and for bringing their diverse talents to ensure that San Anton Palace continues to flourish in the 21st century.
“This successful project is evidence of how essential it is, to keep creating opportunities for collaboration, between our national authorities, the private sector and civil society, to protect and preserve, our cultural and architectural heritage,” she said.
These seven new State Rooms are: Sala Antonie de Paule; Sala Agatha Barbara; Librerija Anton Buttigieg; Sala Ugo Mifsud Bonnici; Sala Pawlu Xuereb; Sala Censu Tabone; and the Mikiel Anton Vassalli Suite, where we host State Guests.
Moreover, the three current state rooms have been re-named: The Drawing Room; the Dining Room; and the Grandmasters’ Hall, have been named after three former Presidents, namely, Sala Guido de Marco, Sala Eddie Fenech Adami and Sala George Abela, respectively.