Counterguard Chapel Reconstructed is glad to note that the Chapel of  St Roche on St Michael’s Counterguard, in Valletta, which was demolished during the Second World War and never rebuilt, has been faithfully reconstructed.

The project was carried out under the direction and supervision of the Restoration Directorate, in the Ministry of Justice, Culture and Local Government.


This faithful reconstruction of the original structure, based on existing documentation, photographs, and the surviving remains, was undertaken as part of the ERDF 039  project involving the restoration and rehabilitation of Valletta’s monumental land front fortifications.

The reconstruction incorporated the surviving elements of the original structure, such as the altar which had somehow survived the destruction and remained standing in situ.

The chapel was constructed during the reign of Grand Master Jean-Paul de Lascaris-Castellar (reigned 1636-1657), shortly after the establishment of the quarantine station (or Lazaretto) on the little island inside Marsamxett Harbour by the Order in 1643. The chapel was appropriately dedicated to St Roche (San Rocco), patron saint of the plague-afflicted.

An illustrated article on this chapel, written by Arch. Edward Said, was featured on MilitaryArchitecture,com  and can be accessed by clicking here.  (C)


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