Andrea Belli (13 October 1703 – 19 October 1772) was a Maltese architect and businessman. He designed several Baroque buildings, including Auberge de Castille in Valletta, which is now the Office of the Prime Minister of Malta.
|Born||13 October 1703|
|Died||19 October 1772 (aged 69)|
|Occupation||Architect and businessman|
|Auberge de Castille|
Teresa Gam (m. 1737)
Life and careerEdit
As an entrepreneur, Belli became a successful businessman by having achieved monopoly from Grand Master Pinto over the export of Maltese limestone and other products to Africa, Asia and Europe.
Under the influence of his brother Gabriele, listener of the Master Mason Pinto, Andrea got regular commissioned works by the Order of Malta as designer of the main buildings of the 18th century Maltese Baroque architecture.
- Seminary (now the Cathedral Museum), Mdina (1733–42, attributed)
- Augustinian priory, Rabat (1740)
- Auberge de Castille, Valletta (1741–45)
- Bishop's curia, Floriana (1743)
- Centrepiece of Bishop's Palace, Valletta
- Church of Our Lady of Divine Providence, Siġġiewi (1750)
- Palazzo Don Raimondo (now the National Museum of Fine Arts), Valletta (1761–63)
- St. Philip Neri church, Birgu (attributed)
- Palazzo Bonici, Valletta
- Chapel at Villa Cagliares in Zejtun (attributed)
Auberge de Castille is regarded as his masterpiece.
Belli married Teresa Gam on 5 June 1737, and they had one son called Giuseppe.
He died on 19 October 1772 at the age of 69.
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