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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  • A lovely peaceful place in the heart of the city. Lovely artwork and amazing arsenal of weaponry. Very worthwhile visit.  more »
  • The long Hall with the many Knight's armor, huge portraits and banners on the walls is known from many films. Very nice the very dark room with tapestries. A variety of medieval armor and weapons of all kinds and the two shady patios are also absolutely worth seeing. Only downside is the hefty entrance fee of €10 per person.
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  • Interesting visit to state rooms and the small museum with an impressive collection of armoury. Takes just over an hour to see both. Take the free information guide to hear about the different armoury...  more »
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  • Very nice historical place with a big beautiful yard and museum
  • The visit not many but they are historical and representation with a long Hall all decorated. The Armory comprised of 2 large rooms is interesting especially x fans of the genre but also interesting tidbits reserve x others
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  • HOW MUCH HISTORY ... Each style armor, cannons, horsemen with their horse, all kinds of rifles and swords, and then more ... It is truly an impressive armoury and there are so many unique objects. There are also the forerunners of rocket launchers on muzzleloaders ... From here all have passed, pirates, Crusaders, the English and the French under Emperor Napoleon. Not to be missed for those who love the genre.
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  • Beautiful garden
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  • Very good building.
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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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