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Palace of the Grand Master

Listed under Palaces in Malta.

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Now the President of Malta’s offices and the House of Representatives house, this truly grand palace was built for the Grand Master of the Knights of St. John in 1571. They were supposedly into monk-like austerity, but you wouldn’t know it from this home: the floor is patterned marble, the ceilings painted, the walls hung with rich tapestries of tropical scenes and the two courtyards are decorated with statues and fountains.

The grandest of all the grand rooms is the Hall of St. Michael and St. George which was also the throne room of sorts. Its 12 murals, vividly depicting the Siege of Malta, were done by one of the painters who assisted with the Sistine Chapel.

If the monk-like sensibilities of the Knights aren’t visible here their military prowess is – the Armoury collection of Knights weaponry is one of the world’s finest, including spears, swords, suits of armour and shields. These displays, coupled with the frescos telling the history of this order of knights paint a very gruesome mural of the warfare these knights were predominantly concerned with.

Be warned that when Parliament is in session the palace is closed to the public.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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