Design historian documents Muslim graves of Malta

Design historian documents Muslim graves of Malta

Architectural historian Conrad Thake has written a book on The Ottoman Muslim Cemetery, on the island of Malta – now recognised as an important architectural statement.

Widely considered as the finest example of Orientalist-style structures on the island, it was designed by architect Emmanuel Luigi Galizia, entirely financed by the Ottoman Sultan Abdülaziz and opened in 1874.

For many years, it was left to decline but a Turkish government initiative stepped in to fund and back renovation work.

Makkah-facing graves have connections with places like Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Somalia and Turkey but also Burma, India, Indonesia and islands in the South Pacific.

It is believed the bodies buried were mostly members of the military or prisoners who died while detained in Malta.

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