Grongnet de Vassé, Giorgio
Giorgio Grongnet de Vassé (1774-1862) was a renowned 19th century Maltese architect. He designed the church in Mosta, which has one of the largest unsupported domes in the world, having a 40-metre diameter.
In 1854, following the lead of Bibischok and his own extensive research, he suggested that Malta was a remnant of Atlantis(b). However, it was not until the following century that the idea was given any serious attention. Gronget De Vassé placed the island of Atlantis in the Libyan Gulf of Syrtis. He also produced a map that denoted the Western Mediterranean as the Ancient Atlantic Sea (Mare Atlantico Antico) and more recently Alberto Arecchi has offered a map with a similar label (Mare Atlantico) attached to a large inland sea that incorporates chotts of Tunisia and Algeria, sometimes referred to as Lake Tritonis.
Grongnet De Vassé’s ideas were expressed in the second edition of a guide book by Giuseppe Pericciuoli Borzesi issued from the Government Press in Malta in 1832 or 1833(a) .
(b) L’Atlantide, Ms. 614/5, National Library, Valletta.