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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 Staterooms remain closed so the entrance fee to the armoury is reduced to 6 euros . Entrance is included with the Heritage Pass or the Malta Pass. 9am opening was quiet and a wonderful time to vis...  more »
  • We wanted to see the Palace, sadly the state rooms were closed today and so we could only see the Armoury. This was 6 Euros entry and interesting with an audio guide, however it became a little repeti...  more »
  • Although just the armory was open right now, this was still a beautiful historical visit which I would highly recommend.....  more »

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Where to stay in Valletta

The small city of Valetta offers fewer lodging options than some of Malta's larger cities, but accommodations include everything from upscale hotels to less-expensive guesthouses. Stay in the city center at one of several old-fashioned hotels to be in close proximity to sights like St. Johns Co-Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, multiple museums, and a wide variety of restaurants. One fun option involves renting traditional Valletta houses that have been converted into rental properties and date back to the time of the Knights of Malta. Smaller bed and breakfasts are dispersed throughout the city. Book well in advance to avoid high prices.
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