Doorways of Malta

“There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between there are doors” – Aldous Huxley

We all relate to doorways – the possibilities they open up, their romance, their infinite possibilities. The design of the doorway tells us ample communication about the edifice, its purpose and its dweller and, perhaps more than any other part of the building, it has throughout the ages attracted the virtuosity of the architect and the dexterity of the craftsman.

In this book, Dr Charles Paul Azzopardi and Prof Conrad Thake take an ingenious look at how the idea of the doorway has been dealt with by the architects, designers and craftsmen of Malta, from the earliest times to the present day. The doors they examine range from the humblest to the most impressive, and from the architecturally significant to the whimsical, from the Neolithic temples dated at 5000 B.C., through to the sixteenth century doors of the Order of the St John followed by those of the British colonial period, and right up to date to modern doors completed in 2019.

Doors of Malta delivers a distinctive slant on the intriguing and unique history of architecture in Malta.


Hardbound + Jacket
325 mm x 240 mm
332 pages

Publication date: November 2019