Grandmaster's Palace, Valletta

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Walk through the hallways of history at Grandmaster's Palace, completed in 1571, just six years after the Great Siege of Malta. It has served as the island's center of government ever since. First used by the grandmasters of the Order of Malta, then the British governors, the palace houses the office of the President today. The interior is lavishly decorated with paintings, frescoes, suits of armor, and mosaics that celebrate Maltese history and cultural heritage. Stroll through the halls, chambers, and courtyards. Don't miss the armory, perhaps the palace's greatest attraction, which houses an impressive collection of artifacts, including Jean Parisot de Valette's personal armor. The admission fee includes an audio tour. Bear in mind that the palace is a government building and some rooms are not accessible to the public. Before you head to Valletta, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Valletta holiday builder app , to make sure you see all that Valletta has to offer, including Grandmaster's Palace.
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  • Did not know much about the Knights of St. John before visiting but was supprised at their exploits over so many years. The rooms are a mine of information with paintings of most of the Grand Masters....  more »
  • The heart of the capital of Malta. Historic building, holding a quarter. Located on the central square of Valletta. An interesting bow balcony on the second floor. It is the seat of the Parliament of Malta. Here is the Office of the President of the country. In the heart of the building there are two courtyards, named in honor of Prince Alfred and Neptune.
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  • Both the state rooms and the armory are highlights of a visit to Malta. The audio guide has all kinds of information (if you love weapons it has a ton!). State rooms close for government business (som...  more »
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  • The courtyard of the grandmaster palace with an abundance of plants and decorations.
  • Very nice historical place with a big beautiful yard and museum
  • Beautiful place
  • In an imaginary "tour of the Knights", this would be the last leg of an epic 1000 years and that lasted almost Mediterranean had its beginning in Jerusalem, passing through Rhodes and finally fixing to Malta. This built in 1517 is still the last seat of a knightly order that forever changed name: Knights Hospitaller, order of the Knights of Rhodes, the Hospitaller of Saint John, and finally the order of the Knights of Malta. Although today it is the seat of Government of the island, the magnificent interiors are not only remember the noble order of chivalry still active through charities and social contribution, to be awarded today the title of "Knight of Malta "is a matter of great prestige. Apart from the sumptuous tapestry room, I recommend to visit the armoury, extremely rich in relics dating from the 16th century. An incredible collection of weapons, many of which were used in the siege of Malta by the Turks in 1565 which, contrary to what has been done to Rhodes a few decades earlier, they could not prevail against it. The cost of admission and audio tour costs about 16 euros (price paid by myself to 2015).
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  • The Ottoman siege of Malta 1565 cıkartma in describing his and a painter's exhibition table İtal relationships.
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