Tourist Attractions Malta

The Grand Master’s Palace and Armoury

This Tourist Attractions Malta page focuses on the imposing Grand Master’s Palace and the impressive Armoury located in Valletta, the capital of Malta.

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As soon as you enter the palace, you just know that you're going to be greatly impressed!

Designed by the famous Maltese architect Gerolamo Cassar in 1571, the palace was used by Grand Masters until the end of the Knights of St John period. In 1800, the palace was the official residence of British Governors.

Today, the palace houses the Parliament House of Malta and is also the Presidential Office. It’s also used for state events.

Tourist Attractions Malta: The Grand Master's Palace

The Grand Master’s Palace is built around 2 courtyards and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Malta.

A statue of Neptune dominates one of the courtyards.

One of the most popular rooms in the palace is the Tapestries room.

Here the walls are hung with impressive Gobelin tapestries (woven in France), depicting tropical scenes. These tapestries were given to the Order of St John by Grand Master Perellos.

They are now 3 centuries old and still well-preserved! Impressive indeed.

Another impressive room is the Throne Room. This room is decorated with 12 frescoes which portray the Great Siege of Malta.

The frescoes were painted by Matteo Perez d'Aleccio. It is said that this artist helped Michelangelo when he was painting the Sistine Chapel at Vatican City.

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The awe-inspiring Grand Master's Palace ... often referred to as the most important legacy from the Knights of Malta period

Throughout the palace, you will see thick-coffered and panelled timber ceilings with gilded pendants, huge crystal chandeliers, portraits of various Grand Masters and beautiful frescoes depicting the Knights of Malta’s historical events.

Definitely worth a visit if you want to gain a greater insight on the Knights of Malta period.

Tourist Attractions in Malta: The Armoury

The Armoury is essentially two huge barrel-vaulted halls in the rear groundfloor of the palace. In the old days, these halls were used as the palace stables.

At one point, the Order of St. John’s Armoury had armaments for twenty five thousand men! However, during the French period many of these weapons were taken by French troops.

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If you've always been intrigued by the Knights of Malta and their story, then a visit to the Armoury is a definite must!

The Armoury hosts one of the biggest collections of its kind in the world and is one of the most visited museums in Malta.

During British Rule in 1900, the King’s Armourer cataloged the weapons and in all he registered 5721 pieces.

An audio guide which is included in the entrance fee, gives detailed insights on the range of militaria and highlights the armoury’s many treasures.

If you’re fascinated with anything that has to do with the Knights of Malta, then you’ll love this museum!

Almost all of the items on display are authentic and they date from the early days of the knights up until after the Great Siege of Malta in 1565.

You can literally lose yourself here, exploring and gazing in awe at all the exhibits. When you visit the armoury, you will see suits of armour, bows and arrows, swords, firearms and many more items. Dragut’s sword is also on display here.

You will also see some rare 18th century guns.

Getting there

Location: Misrah San Gorg, Valletta, Malta

Telephone: 2124 9349

Opening Hours Palace: Mon to Fri (Closed on Thursdays) 10.00am to 4.00pm, Sat – Sun 9.00am to 5.00pm

Opening Hours Armoury: Daily 9.00am to 5.00pm

Admission Fees: Palace Euro 4.66, Armoury Euro 4.70

Interested in learning more about other tourist attractions in Malta? Visit our Most Visited Attractions in Malta page for more information.

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