Porta Reale Curtain

Porta Reale Curtain is the central curtain on the Valletta land front enceinte and originally held the main gateway into the city. The curtain wall was largely rock-hewn with only the upper elements and parapet constructed of stone. A sally-port opens up into the ditch near the flank of St. John Bastion. A railway tunnel was cut into the foot of the curtain during the late 19th century. The curtain also bears two concrete bunkers dating from the Second World War mounted on the superior slope of the wide parapet. The ERDF 039 sought to restore the masonry and rocky fabric of the curtain whilst other public projects, undertaken in parallel, have focused on erecting a new modern entrance into the city following the design created by the renowned international architect Renzo Piano.