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Your Guide to Malta and Gozo - The Mall

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The Mall 

 

 

It was Grand Master Lascaris who in 1656 reserved this 400 metre stretch of land for the amusement of the Knights where they could indulge in Maglio or Pall Mall, a ball game reminiscent of croquet that was popular in those times. This area was out of bounds for the ordinary citizen and was demarcated by a high wall. The garden was embellished with trees and flowers during the governorship of Sir Alexander Ball and henceforth opened to the public. The wall was demolished after the Second World War. The Independence Monument guards the two-arched entrance on the Valletta side. This was unveiled in 1989 by Prime Minister Eddie Fenech Adami on the 25th anniversary of Malta's Independence from Britain; it was created at Fonderia Badalotti in Italy, on a model by Maltese sculptor John Bonnici.

The most prominent feature is a sequence of monuments to several important personalities. The Eagle fountain, located between the monuments to Sir Luigi Preziosi and Giuseppe Mifsud Scicluna originally graced Republic Square in Valletta but was moved to this spot to make way for the monument to Queen Victoria.

 

 

Monuments found in the Mall Garden:

 

Aloisio Pisani (Maltese) - Government physician during plague epidemic of 1813

Sir Luigi Preziosi (Maltese) - Ophthalmologist, internationally renowned for ground breaking research on trachoma.

Giuseppe Mifsud Scicluna (Maltese) - Philanthropist

Sir Hannibal Scicluna (Maltese) - Historian and philanthropist

Sir Filippo Sciberras (Maltese) - Politician, spearheaded efforts to obtain a new constitution and self-rule for Malta

Sir Ugo Mifsud (Maltese) - Former Prime Minister (1932-1933)

Marquis Vincenzo Bugeja (Maltese) - Philanthropist

Sir Hadrian Dingli (Maltese) - Crown Advocate

Giovanni di Nicolo' Papaffy (Greek) - Entrepreneur and philanthropist