Category Archives: Architecture

St. John’s Co-Cathedral | Valletta, Malta | 16 September 2014

St John’s Co-Cathedral is a gem of Baroque art and architecture. It was built as the conventual church for the Knights of St. John. The Grand Masters and several knights donated gifts of high artistic value and made enormous contributions to enrich it with only the best works of art. This church is till this very day an important shrine and a sacred place of worship. It is also a venue for cultural events.

Information from:
Web: http://stjohnscocathedral.com

Described as the first complete example of the high Baroque anywhere, St. John’s Cathedral epitomises the role of its original patrons, the Knights of St. John. The Cathedral is testimony to the talent of Maltese military architect Gerolamo Cassar, with Mattia Preti’s intricately carved stone wall designs, as well as the painted vaulted ceiling and side altars with scenes from the life of St. John. The Cathedral also houses one of Europe’s most impressive and famous art works – Caravaggio’s Beheading of St. John the Baptist. The Cathedral was a shrine to the Knights, as many sons of Europe’s noble families from the 16th to 18th centuries lie buried here. Their intricate, marble-inlaid tombstones form a magnificently crafted pavimento. Also a resting place to the founder of Valletta, Grand Master Jean Parisot de la Vallette, his tomb lies in the crypt, a quiet sanctuary and place of contemplation away from the busy streets outside.

Information from:
Web: http://www.visitmalta.com/en/info/stjohnscocathedralmuseum

© Tony Blood - Caravaggio's St. Jerome Writing, St. John's Co-Cathedral. Valletta Malta, 16 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Caravaggio’s St. Jerome Writing, St. John’s Co-Cathedral. Valletta Malta, 16 July 2014

© Tony Blood - St. John's Co-Cathedral. Valletta Malta, 16 July 2014

© Tony Blood – St. John’s Co-Cathedral. Valletta Malta, 16 July 2014

© Tony Blood - St. John's Co-Cathedral. Valletta Malta, 16 July 2014

© Tony Blood – St. John’s Co-Cathedral. Valletta Malta, 16 July 2014

© Tony Blood - St. John's Co-Cathedral. Valletta Malta, 16 July 2014

© Tony Blood – St. John’s Co-Cathedral. Valletta Malta, 16 July 2014

© Tony Blood - St. John's Co-Cathedral. Valletta Malta, 16 July 2014

© Tony Blood – St. John’s Co-Cathedral. Valletta Malta, 16 July 2014

© Tony Blood - St. John's Co-Cathedral. Valletta Malta, 16 July 2014

© Tony Blood – St. John’s Co-Cathedral. Valletta Malta, 16 July 2014

© Tony Blood - St. John's Co-Cathedral. Valletta Malta, 16 July 2014

© Tony Blood – St. John’s Co-Cathedral. Valletta Malta, 16 July 2014

© Tony Blood - St. John's Co-Cathedral. Valletta Malta, 16 July 2014

© Tony Blood – St. John’s Co-Cathedral. Valletta Malta, 16 July 2014

© Tony Blood - St. John's Co-Cathedral. Valletta Malta, 16 July 2014

© Tony Blood – St. John’s Co-Cathedral. Valletta Malta, 16 July 2014

Parish Church of Mellieħa | Mellieħa, Malta | 1 September 2014

The Parish Church of Mellieha is dedicated to the Birth of Our Lady, and was built between 1881 and 1898. All the stone was cut from a nearby quarry at l-Ahrax tal-Mellieha and transported up to Mellieha by the local peasants, who worked laboriously to see their wish of having a new church come true. Once the church’s building was completed, the Parish Priests Dun Frangisk Magri, Dun Carlo Cortis and Dun Indri Fenech endeavoured to embellish the interior. 

Thus between 1920 and 1940 the belfries and dome were erected, five bellsdedicated to St. Frances, St. Joseph, St. Anthony, St. Paul and the Virgin Marywere brought from Milan, and the church altars were decorated with paintings by the best Maltese artists, including the renowned Giuseppe Calì and Lazzru Pisani.

Information from:
Web: http://www.mellieha.com/parish_church.htm

© Tony Blood - Parish Church of Mellieħa. Mellieħa, Malta, 1 September 2014

© Tony Blood – Parish Church of Mellieħa. Mellieħa, Malta, 1 September 2014

Żebbuġ Parish Church | Żebbuġ, Gozo | 30 August 2014

Many churches in Malta and Gozo have works of art made from this onyx but iż-Żebbuġ church is by far the most spectacular. It is covered with this semi-precious stone. The high altar, the choir, and the baptistery are all sculpted out of this onyx.

Iż-Żebbuġ became an independent parish in 1688 and the building of the present church (without the onyx) started in 1690. The church, dedicated to Santa Marija (St Mary) the Assumption, was consecrated in 1726. The Cathedral apart, it is the oldest parish church to be consecrated in Gozo.

Worthy of special mention is the altarpiece of the Immaculate Conception in a chapel in the left transept, known by the locals as tal-Virtut (of the miracles). Local folklore has it that the radiant face of the Virgin turns yellowish and pale before an impending natural catastrophe. It is also said that one day, when some corsairs dared to devastate the countryside as far as the village, a lady that resembled the image in the altarpiece appeared on the spot hurling stones to repel the enemy.

Information from:
Web: http://www.visitgozo.com/en/item/towns-villages/iz-zebbug-1165/

© Tony Blood - Żebbuġ Parish Church, Żebbuġ, Gozo, 30 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Żebbuġ Parish Church, Żebbuġ, Gozo, 30 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Żebbuġ Parish Church, Żebbuġ, Gozo, 30 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Żebbuġ Parish Church, Żebbuġ, Gozo, 30 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Żebbuġ Parish Church, Żebbuġ, Gozo, 30 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Żebbuġ Parish Church, Żebbuġ, Gozo, 30 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Żebbuġ Parish Church, Żebbuġ, Gozo, 30 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Żebbuġ Parish Church, Żebbuġ, Gozo, 30 August 2014

Naxxar Parish Church | Naxxar, Malta | 26 August 2014

The parish church of Naxxar is dedicated to the Nativity of the Virgin Mary and was built by Tumas Dingli between 1616 and 1630. Later on, the church was enlarged and restored with a side isle and a new façade.

Information from:
Web: http://www.malta.com/en/local-information/parish-church/naxxar

© Tony Blood - Naxxar Parish Church. Naxxar, Malta, 26 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Naxxar Parish Church. Naxxar, Malta, 26 August 2014

Shop Fronts | Valletta, Malta | 25 August 2014

Malta has an abundance of architectural history. There are multiple layers within each city ranging from the ancient temples of Tarxien, Hagar Qim and Mnajdra to the cathedrals of St. John’s and St. Paul’s. On the streets of Valletta a more recent history is developing before us in the form of its shop fronts. Some of these wooden frontages, kiosks and painted signs can be traced back to the later part of the 19th century. Their signs reveal what the owners occupations were, the services they offered and what they sold. Bars, Pastizzerias and Stationers are just a few of the types of stores that flourished here.  Some are still operating under different shops name but most remain closed and out of use. From a total of 112 stores under protection, only 19 are presented here. (Schembri, Times of Malta [online], 2011).

Information from:
Web: http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20110915/local/Saving-what-s-left-of-Valletta-s-old-shopfronts.384737

© Tony Blood - His Master's Voice, Shop Fronts. Valletta Malta, 25 August 2014

© Tony Blood – His Master’s Voice, Shop Fronts. Valletta Malta, 25 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Rawl Plugs, Shop Fronts. Valletta Malta, 25 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Rawl Plugs, Shop Fronts. Valletta Malta, 25 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Persian, Shop Fronts. Valletta Malta, 25 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Persian, Shop Fronts. Valletta Malta, 25 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Hypos, Shop Fronts. Valletta Malta, 25 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Hypos, Shop Fronts. Valletta Malta, 25 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Camilleri's Store, Shop Fronts. Valletta Malta, 25 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Camilleri’s Store, Shop Fronts. Valletta Malta, 25 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Rocco Garuana, Shop Fronts. Valletta Malta, 25 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Rocco Garuana, Shop Fronts. Valletta Malta, 25 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Galea Brothers, Shop Fronts. Valletta Malta, 25 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Galea Brothers, Shop Fronts. Valletta Malta, 25 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Meme, Shop Fronts. Valletta Malta, 25 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Meme, Shop Fronts. Valletta Malta, 25 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Agius Confectionary Pastizzerija, Shop Fronts. Valletta Malta, 25 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Agius Confectionary Pastizzerija, Shop Fronts. Valletta Malta, 25 August 2014

© Tony Blood - M. Mallia, Shop Fronts. Valletta Malta, 25 August 2014

© Tony Blood – M. Mallia, Shop Fronts. Valletta Malta, 25 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Paolo Bonnici Army & Navy Contractor, Shop Fronts. Valletta Malta, 25 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Paolo Bonnici Army & Navy Contractor, Shop Fronts. Valletta Malta, 25 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Family Store, Shop Fronts. Valletta Malta, 25 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Family Store, Shop Fronts. Valletta Malta, 25 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Faldu's Shop General Drapery, Shop Fronts. Valletta Malta, 25 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Faldu’s Shop General Drapery, Shop Fronts. Valletta Malta, 25 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Genial, Shop Fronts. Valletta Malta, 25 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Genial, Shop Fronts. Valletta Malta, 25 August 2014

© Tony Blood - The Owl Stationery, Shop Fronts. Valletta Malta, 25 August 2014

© Tony Blood – The Owl Stationery, Shop Fronts. Valletta Malta, 25 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Carmen Bar, Shop Fronts. Valletta Malta, 25 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Carmen Bar, Shop Fronts. Valletta Malta, 25 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Smiling Prince Bar, Shop Fronts. Valletta Malta, 25 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Smiling Prince Bar, Shop Fronts. Valletta Malta, 25 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Everybody Library Booksellers, Shop Fronts. Valletta Malta, 25 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Everybody Library Booksellers, Shop Fronts. Valletta Malta, 25 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Capt. A. Caruana, Shop Fronts. Valletta Malta, 25 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Capt. A. Caruana, Shop Fronts. Valletta Malta, 25 August 2014

St. Paul’s Cathedral | Mdina, Rabat, Malta | 19 August 2014

The Cathedral also know as St. Paul’s Cathedral is the architectural crown of the elegant, walled city of Mdina. A late 17th century masterpiece of Maltese architect Lorenzo Gafà, it lies on the site of a much earlier Norman church that was destroyed by the violent earthquake of 1693.

According to tradition, the earlier church had been built on the site of the house of Publius, the Roman’s chief man on the Islands, who was converted to Christianity by St. Paul in A.D. 60. The Cathedral’s imposing facade greets you abruptly as you emerge from Mdina’s narrow streets. The building is topped by a magnificent dome, possibly one of Gafà’s greatest achievements. the dome has though had a chequered history: a succession of painters have tried to embellish its interior.

Today’s dome interior dates from the 1950s. In the Mdina cathedral, you find works by the Calabrian artist and Knight, Mattia Preti. The pavement of marble-inlaid tombstones carries the coats of arms and inscriptions of the bishops of Mdina and other members of the Cathedral chapter. In the choir behind the main altar is Preti’s monumental depiction of The Conversion of St. Paul. It was part of the original Norman church, and survived the earthquake.

Information from:
Web: http://www.visitmalta.com/en/info/mdinacathedral

© Tony Blood - St. Paul's Cathedral. Mdina, Rabat, Malta, 19 August 2014

© Tony Blood – St. Paul’s Cathedral. Mdina, Rabat, Malta, 19 August 2014

St. Paul’s Collegiate Church | Rabat, Malta | 19 August 2014

The church is built over the ditch of the Roman city which also included a large part of Rabat. The church is also built over the grotto where according to tradition St. Paul was kept prisoner during his three months stay in Malta in 60 A.D. In 1336 bishop Hilarius refers to the church as ecclesia Sancti Pauli de crypta , and also mentions the cemetery and the Roman ditch. Several churches have been built on the site both by the diocese and the Knights of St. John. The present church was built with funds provided by the noble woman Guzmana Navarra on plans prepared by F. Bonamico. The church was completed by Lorenzo Gafà in 1683.

Information from:
Web: http://www.visitmalta.com/en/info/stpaulschurchrabat

© Tony Blood - St. Paul's Collegiate Church. Rabat, Malta, 19 August 2014

© Tony Blood – St. Paul’s Collegiate Church. Rabat, Malta, 19 August 2014

Birżebbuġa Parish Church | Birżebbuġa, Malta | 17 August 2014

Birżebbuġa became a parish on the 9th September 1913, and the small church of Our Lady of Sorrows became the parish church; steps were immediately taken in hand to build a larger church which was opened for worship on the 16th June 1938.

Information from:
Web: http://thechurchinmalta.org/en/posts/209/birzebbuga

© Tony Blood - Birżebbuġa Parish Church. Birżebbuġa, Malta, 17 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Birżebbuġa Parish Church. Birżebbuġa, Malta, 17 August 2014

Mosta Dome | Mosta, Malta | 5 August 2014

Built in 1860 over another church that was built in 1614, the church of St. Mary is the Parish church of Mosta. The interior of the church is quite impressive with its circular shape and clear interior.

The awesome dome is the fourth largest in the world and famous due to the incident that took place during WWII – a bomb, which pierced the dome in 1942 landed on the church floor and slid across the floor without exploding! The church was crowded when the bomb hit and all were spared. The bomb is now on display in a small museum attached to the church.

Mosta’s titular feast – that of St. Mary or the Assumption of Our Lady – held on August 15th is a high point in the local religious celebrations. The people of Mosta rally in front of the Rotunda in a manifestation of joy, merrymaking and social wellbeing.

Information from:
Web: http://www.visitmalta.com/en/info/mostadome

© Tony Blood - Mosta Dome. Mosta, Malta, 5 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Mosta Dome. Mosta, Malta, 5 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Mosta Dome. Mosta, Malta, 5 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Mosta Dome. Mosta, Malta, 5 August 2014

© Tony Blood - St. Andrew. Mosta Dome. Mosta, Malta, 5 August 2014

© Tony Blood – St. Andrew. Mosta Dome. Mosta, Malta, 5 August 2014

© Tony Blood - St. Jacob. Mosta Dome. Mosta, Malta, 5 August 2014

© Tony Blood – St. Jacob. Mosta Dome. Mosta, Malta, 5 August 2014

© Tony Blood - St. Bartholomew. Mosta Dome. Mosta, Malta, 5 August 2014

© Tony Blood – St. Bartholomew. Mosta Dome. Mosta, Malta, 5 August 2014

© Tony Blood - St. Peter. Mosta Dome. Mosta, Malta, 5 August 2014

© Tony Blood – St. Peter. Mosta Dome. Mosta, Malta, 5 August 2014

© Tony Blood - St. Jacob. Mosta Dome. Mosta, Malta, 5 August 2014

© Tony Blood – St. Jacob. Mosta Dome. Mosta, Malta, 5 August 2014

© Tony Blood - St. Phillip. Mosta Dome. Mosta, Malta, 5 August 2014

© Tony Blood – St. Phillip. Mosta Dome. Mosta, Malta, 5 August 2014

© Tony Blood - St. Thomas. Mosta Dome. Mosta, Malta, 5 August 2014

© Tony Blood – St. Thomas. Mosta Dome. Mosta, Malta, 5 August 2014

© Tony Blood - St. Mathew. Mosta Dome. Mosta, Malta, 5 August 2014

© Tony Blood – St. Mathew. Mosta Dome. Mosta, Malta, 5 August 2014

© Tony Blood - St. Paul. Mosta Dome. Mosta, Malta, 5 August 2014

© Tony Blood – St. Paul. Mosta Dome. Mosta, Malta, 5 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Mosta Dome. Mosta, Malta, 5 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Mosta Dome. Mosta, Malta, 5 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Mosta Dome. Mosta, Malta, 5 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Mosta Dome. Mosta, Malta, 5 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Mosta Dome. Mosta, Malta, 5 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Mosta Dome. Mosta, Malta, 5 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Mosta Dome. Mosta, Malta, 5 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Mosta Dome. Mosta, Malta, 5 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Mosta Dome. Mosta, Malta, 5 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Mosta Dome. Mosta, Malta, 5 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Mosta Dome. Mosta, Malta, 5 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Mosta Dome. Mosta, Malta, 5 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Mosta Dome. Mosta, Malta, 5 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Mosta Dome. Mosta, Malta, 5 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Mosta Dome. Mosta, Malta, 5 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Mosta Dome. Mosta, Malta, 5 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Unexploded Bomb. Mosta Dome. Mosta, Malta, 5 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Unexploded Bomb. Mosta Dome. Mosta, Malta, 5 August 2014

St. Paul’s Anglican Cathedral | Valletta, Malta | 31 July 2014

At the end of Archbishop Street in Valletta is St. Paul’s Anglican Cathedral. It was built between 1839 and 1844 and funded by the Dowager Queen Adelaide widow of King William IV.

During her visit in 1838-39 she discovered that there was not an Anglican church in Malta and ordered one to be built. The cathedral was finally built on the site where the Auberge d’Allemagne, home to the German knights, used to stand but was knocked down to make way for the new cathedral. The cathedral was dedicated to St. Paul and has a huge steeple of 65m (210ft) which stands out marking the capital’s skyline.

Next to the cathedral is the Carmelite Dome in which the original had to be replaced in 1958 when the dome was bombed during World War II.

Information from:
Web: http://www.visitmalta.com/en/info/stpaulsanglicancathedral

© Tony Blood - St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral. Valletta Malta, 31 July 2014

© Tony Blood – St. Paul’s Anglican Cathedral. Valletta Malta, 31 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Carmelite Church. Valletta Malta, 31 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Carmelite Church. Valletta Malta, 31 July 2014

Gardjola Gardens | Senglea, Malta | 30 July 2014

Constructed on a grid pattern in 1551 by order of Grandmaster De La Sengle, the Gardjola Gardens in Senglea offer a panoramic view that includes the docks in Marsa, Valletta, the entrance to the Grand Harbour and Fort St. Angelo.

The sentry box placed on the tip of the bastion, ‘il-gardjola’, epitomises the role of the fortifications around the harbour. On the sentry box there are sculptured various symbols of watchfulness, namely the eye, the ear, and the crane bird. The inscription in Latin assures the inhabitants of the harbour area to rest at ease, as the tower stands guard against any hostile force that may attempt to approach Maltese shores.

Information from:
Web: http://www.visitmalta.com/en/info/gardjolagardens

© Tony Blood - Watchtower. Gardjola Gardens. Senglea, Malta, 30 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Watchtower. Gardjola Gardens. Senglea, Malta, 30 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Water Feature. Gardjola Gardens. Senglea, Malta, 30 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Water Feature. Gardjola Gardens. Senglea, Malta, 30 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Watchtower. Gardjola Gardens. Senglea, Malta, 30 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Watchtower. Gardjola Gardens. Senglea, Malta, 30 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Water Feature. Gardjola Gardens. Senglea, Malta, 30 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Water Feature. Gardjola Gardens. Senglea, Malta, 30 July 2014

© Tony Blood - View of Valletta. Gardjola Gardens. Senglea, Malta, 30 July 2014

© Tony Blood – View of Valletta. Gardjola Gardens. Senglea, Malta, 30 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Eye. Gardjola Gardens. Senglea, Malta, 30 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Eye. Gardjola Gardens. Senglea, Malta, 30 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Ear. Gardjola Gardens. Senglea, Malta, 30 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Ear. Gardjola Gardens. Senglea, Malta, 30 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Gardjola Gardens. Senglea, Malta, 30 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Gardjola Gardens. Senglea, Malta, 30 July 2014

Marsaxlokk Parish Church | Masaxlokk, Malta | 23 July 2014

The Parish Church in the summer resort of Marsaxlokk was built in 1897 and is dedicated to our Lady of Pompei. The parish in Marsaxlokk is today the venue of a national pilgrimage every year on the 8th May.

Information from:
Web: http://www.malta.com/en/local-information/parish-church/marsaxlokk

© Tony Blood - Marsaxlokk Parish Church. Marsaxlokk, Malta, 23 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Marsaxlokk Parish Church. Marsaxlokk, Malta, 23 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Marsaxlokk Parish Church. Marsaxlokk, Malta, 23 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Marsaxlokk Parish Church. Marsaxlokk, Malta, 23 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Marsaxlokk Parish Church. Marsaxlokk, Malta, 23 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Marsaxlokk Parish Church. Marsaxlokk, Malta, 23 July 2014

Pjazza Teatru Rjal (Opera House) | Valletta, Malta | 22 July 2014

Pjazza Teatru Rjal, the open theatre on the ruins of the former Opera House in Valletta, was officially inaugurated in August 2013. The theatre forms part of the City Gate project designed by renowned italian architect Renzo Piano, whcih also incorporates the entrance to the city and the new parliament building. The theatre project included excavation to create changing rooms, wardrobes and space for equipment underground behind the theatre between the Church of Our Lady of Victory and Piazza de Valette. The remaining ruins of the old theatre were cleaned and restored, including the former ticket offices at the front, which until recently used to house small shops.

Information from:
Web: http://www.visitmalta.com/en/info/pjazza-teatru-rjal

© Tony Blood - Pjazza Teatru Rjal. Valletta Malta, 22 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Pjazza Teatru Rjal. Valletta Malta, 22 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Pjazza Teatru Rjal. Valletta Malta, 22 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Pjazza Teatru Rjal. Valletta Malta, 22 July 2014

Grandmaster’s Palace | Valletta, Malta | 22 July 2014

The Grandmaster’s Palace (officially referred to as The Palace) is located in Valletta. It currently houses the Office of the President of Malta and the House of Representatives, as well as being a heritage site run by Heritage Malta.

The site of the Grandmaster’s Palace was originally an Auberge d’Italie. The Auberge was built in 1570 on the design of Girolamo Cassar. This was also the house of Eustachio del Monte, a nephewof Grandmaster Jean Parisot de Valette, founder of the city. In 1571 the Auberge was purchased and Cassar was once again commissioned to enlarge it into a palace. Another Auberge d’Italie was built in Valletta which is now used by the Ministry of Tourism and the Malta Tourism Authority.

Over the years, the Palace was enlarged and developed by successive Grandmasters to serve as their official residence. In the 18th-century, traveller Patrick Brydone noted that, ‘the Grand Master (who studies conveniency more than magnificence) is more comfortably and commodiously, lodged than any prince in Europe, the King of Sardenia perhaps only excepted.’

During the British period it served as the Governor’s Palace. The Council of Government and the Malta Legislative Assembly (precursors to the present day House of Representatives) met here and it also was the first place to serve as the office of the Prime Minister.

A new parliament building is under construction as of 2014 and the House of Representatives will move from the Grandmaster’s Palace to the new building once construction is completed.

Information from:
Web: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grandmaster%27s_Palace

© Tony Blood - Grandmaster's Palace. Valletta Malta, 22 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Grandmaster’s Palace. Valletta Malta, 22 July 2014