Grandmasters Palace & State Rooms
One of the true architectural wonders you will find in Malta is the Grand-master’s palace and State Rooms. The Palace is located in the center of Valletta and occupies a city block, making it the largest palace in the city. The palace is also built around two courtyards, which are now known as Neptune's Courtyard and Prince Alfred's Courtyard.
The Palace was designed and built by Maltese architect Girolamo Cassar between 1571 and 1574. Cassar was also responsible for designing many of Valletta's buildings, including St. John's co-Cathedral. The original palace building was also once the home of Eustachio Del Monte, the nephew of the Grand-master, Jean De La Vallette.
The palace was extended by subsequent Grand-masters during their reign. Each Grand-master added to the palace, giving the building a unique baroque style character. During the British occupation of Malta, the palace served as the Governor's Palace until Malta's independence. Ceilings of the main corridors are beautifully decorated with frescoes by Italian artist Nicolau Nasoni.
The Palace State Rooms
Within the Grand-masters palace are the Palace State Rooms. Each room is adorned with decorative items of Malta's past. Beautifully designed tapestries are shown in the Tapestry Chamber, which was once the meeting place of the Council, of the Order of St. John. The tapestries were created by the famous Gobelins Royal Factory in France and presented to the Knights in 1710 by Grand Master Ramon Perellos.
Rooms to visit in the palace include
- Throne Room built between 1572 and 1581.
- A State Dining Room featuring portraits of Malta's Heads of State since it became a republic.
- The Ambassador’s Room, which is used for visiting dignitaries and other official state business.
- Tapestry Chamber which was the meeting place of the Council of the Order of St. John.
Mon - Fri : 10.00am - 16.30hrs (last admission at 16:00hrs)
Sat-Sun: 09.00am - 16.30hrs (last admission at 16:00hrs)
Joint admission fees for the Palace Armoury and State Rooms:
- Adults (18 – 59 years): €10.00
- Youths (12 – 17 years), Senior Citizens & Students: €7.00
- Children (6 – 11 years): €5.00
- Infants (1 – 5 years): Free