Home of Malta’s fourth president given top protection by planning authority

A late 19th-century home in St Julians, belonging to Malta’s fourth president, Censu Tabone, has been recognised as a Grade 1 building by the Planning Authority. The house is known for having a unique neoclassical theatre in its garden.

The open-air theatre in the property’s back garden, historically known as Teatru Melita, was built around 1870 and is the oldest surviving theatre of any kind in the  Sliema and St. Julians area, the Planning Authority said.

The theatre was home to more than theatrical performance. Lectures took place there, and cinema films were occasionally screened. The theatre was frequented by people who spent their summer holidays in the area.

It also served as the birthplace of the most important theatre company of late nineteenth and early twentieth century Malta, the Kumpanija L’Indipendenza, made famous by Mikelang Borg.

The house itself contains a vast majority of traditionally Maltese features, ones you would find in traditional Maltese townhouses.

What we wouldn’t give to see how it looks on the inside.

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