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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. Arrange your visit to Grandmaster's Palace and discover more family-friendly attractions in Valletta using our Valletta travel itinerary planner.
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  • The Palace of the Grand Master of the order I honestly expected more; some nice elements in courtyards (freely accessible) but nothing more. Externally the building is very large (though not high) but there are significant elements to be reported and the Interior cannot be visited as the seat of government offices, except a part where there is the Armory, whose visit (surcharge) enables you not only to see the collection of weapons on display, but also some of the interiors that definitely deserve; What a pity that when we went (a regular Friday morning) the Armory was closed!! We found that in the month of March only opens in a few set days.
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  • Palace, unfortunately, is closed for restoration (restoring many to Malta at the moment: the Museum of fine arts is also closed and many scaffolding everywhere). Just to see as the Armory, which can bring happiness to lovers of muskets, bayonets, crossbows, guns, coats mesh and other bourguignottes... all crammed into two rooms dated. The advantage: we're going through the courtyards of the Palace, which give a sense of his greatness barely mitigated by a horrible pit of Red geraniums.
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  • Very interesting. Do with the audioguide for not not being an attempt to fly across the room and suddenly miss some interesting weapons or armor
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