Situated at the coronary heart of Valletta, the capital city of Malta, the Grandmasters Palace is the most important palace within the city constructed with the aid of the Order of St John. In 1571, after Grandmaster Pierre del Monte relocated the Order in Valletta, he lived in a house were nowadays stands the palace. In 1574, this residence changed into earmarked to residence the Grandmasters Palace which in the end become improved upon, enlarged and embellished by way of successive Grandmasters. The gift shape changed into reached by the mid 18th century Malta private tours.
In 1800, whilst Malta fell underneath British rule, the Grandmasters Palace became the professional residence of the Governor of Malta which have become known as the Governor’s Palace Malta Gozo guided private day tours.
The Grandmasters Palace has two predominant entrances going through St George’s square, which results in inner courtyards, one named after Prince Alfred, son of Queen Victoria and the opposite after Neptune. Today, the Grandmasters Palace is the President’s Palace and run by using Heritage Malta
Palace State rooms
Situated within the piano nobile, the State rooms were the legitimate rooms of the Order of St John and the nation apartments. The important hall become richly embellished by using Nicola Nasoni and it depicts lunettes of naval war scenes, Trompe l’Oeil ceiling and photos of Grandmasters.
This corridor changed into utilized by the Grandmasters together with professional Knights to discuss the administration of the Order and of the Maltese islands. In 1921 it housed the first Maltese parliament. It is embellished with ten tapestries from the well-known Teintre des Indes collection produced with the aid of the Gobelin Royal manufacturing unit in France and commissioned by means of the Grand Master Ramon Perellos y Roccaful.
The original designs have been after the voyages to exotic countries by means of Dutch Prince Moritz of Nassau which were provided to King Loius XIV of France in 1679 which had them produced as tapestries on the Gobelin manufacturing unit. They constitute uncommon scenes of Africa, India, the Caribbean and Brazil. This is the handiest set of Tapestries from the Teintre des Indes still entire in their own unique area.
A Coffered timber ceiling and wall artwork which depict diverse sea conflict victories of the Order in opposition to the Ottoman empire preserve to decorate this corridor.
Inside the Palace Armoury one reveals one of the finest collection of artillery like, swords, spears, bronze cannons and weapons which had been utilized by the Knights to guard themselves and the islands towards in particular the Ottoman empire. The armoury these days is housed within the former stables of the palace and consists of halls, one that showcases the original suit of armours of the Knights and within the other swords, guns and cannons. Of unique hobby are the non-public fit of armours of the Grandmasters, substantially the only owned via Grandmaster Alof de Wignacourt, inlaid in gold, a German made very uncommon sword and gun and a seventeenth century airgun.