Valletta - St.George's Square, The Palace live cam

Valletta, view over St.George's Square and Il-Palazz tal-Gran Mastru

Valletta - St.George's Square, The Palace

It is one of the most beautiful cultural icons of Malta and a must-see for people visiting Valletta (Il-Belt Valletta), St. George's Square (Pjazza San Gorg o Misraħ San Ġorġ), also known as Palace Square (Misraħ il-Palazz) is the heart of the city, meeting place, crossing point, scenary of events of any kind flanked on one side by the Grandmaster's Palace (Il-Palazz tal-Gran Mastru), simply known as The Palace and the Main Guard Building on the other side.

The square was recently turned from a car park into a pedestrian area, an open space designed for enjoyment and relaxation surrounded by modern and historic buildings, The Palace is one of the most magnificent and purest examples of Maltese heritage; the centre of the square is enriched by a modern ground-level and rectangular-shaped fountain erupting and flowing in rhythm with the music at regular intervals, it is a pleasure for children of all ages who love running through it.

The Grandmaster's Palace overlooks the square, one of the most impressive in Malta, this building has hosted for a longtime the House of the Grandmaster of the Knights of the Order of St. John, then the British Government, today it is the seat of the President and home to the House of Representatives of Malta; The Palace was first commissioned by the Grandmaster del Monte, initially hardly showed any decoration, only after his death it was improved, enlarged and embellished under the Grandmaster Jean de la Cassiere and the architect Gerolamo Cassar (Gelormu Cassar), by the mid-eighteenth century The Palace reached its present structure, a Renaissance masterpiece of art and architecture, other decorative elements were added later such as the wonderful main doors and the wooden balconies. Two splendid gardens enrich its outdoor space, the Prince Alfred’s Courtyard and Neptune’s Courtyard where we can find a spiral staircase that leads to the entrance of the state rooms; the interior spaces are of extraordinary beauty, lavishly decorated marble corridors, beautiful frescoes, magnificent rooms, our tour should include: the Council Chamber, a splendid room adorned with tapestries, a personal gift of the Spanish Grandmaster Ramon Perellos y Rocaful, the State Dining Room, embellished by splendid paintings, the Supreme Council Hall (or Throne Room) boasting top quality frescoes that depict the Great Siege, the Ambassador’s Hall (or Red Room) where portraits of Grandmasters and other rulers hang, the Palace Armoury, one of the world's largest and richest collections of arms, three centuries of military history are here displayed through swords, guns, crossbows, shotguns and cannons, partly reduced by the depredations of the French; among the unique treasures the personal armour of Grandmaster La Valette, the founder of The City; all rooms are usually used for state functions, when possible, they are regularly open to the public.

Cam on-line since: 04/12/2014

Comments

  • avatar
    • 22 hours ago
    • "P.L."

    Hi Peter
    The camera button is now only available to Premium members.

  • avatar
    • 23 hours ago
    • "Peter"

    No camera button

  • avatar
    • 4 days ago
    • "Liz "

    Pleased the web cams back

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • "JCC"

    Independence Day today. Sadly no preparations for ceremonies

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • "Derek05"

    Morning Dave, we love Lytham, and visit a cafe there called Whispers, just try their home made pie, delicious !

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • "Margaret Taylor"

    Anyone know what's going on in the square today (Monday 14th September)?

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • "Dave Harris"

    A 'Leafy Lythamer' here, small world, but technical at times. 'Lytham St.Annes', that's the Borough of the towns of St.Annes-on-the-sea, at the Blackpool end of the Fylde Coast, and Lytham, with the green and windmill at the Preston end. Have done the '500' got relatives that lived in Cupar, but not visited for ages.

  • avatar
    • 4 weeks ago
    • "DaveS"

    Film crews looking busy in Floriana this morning

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • "Derek05"

    Hi Kevin, you will have passed us many times on the M6. Stay safe, and keep enjoying the A66, a road I have travelled on lots of times over the past years, from Cockermouth in Cumbria to Scotch Corner.

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • "Kevin"

    Hi Derek05, We've probably passed your village well over a hundred times during the last 40 years, usually at high speed on the M6, when visiting both sets of parents, sadly they're all gone now so the M6, M61 and M62 route has been replaced with the lower traffic route of A66 and A1(M) on our visits to see relatives in Kent, we used to do the 700 miles in one go but lately we have at least one overhight stop to break up the journey. In recent month, due to Covid, the furthest I have driven is a 50 mile round trip to take stuff to the recycling depot so I might need a bit of training before embarking on any long drives. Number 1 son-in-law says that a large distance of the NC500 is just grass wilderness and miles of scree slopes which he thinks it's quite boring, maybe I'll not rush to do that either then. Stay safe.

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • "Derek05"

    Good Morning Kevin, I had not heard of the North Coast 500 before, so I looked it up. Looks quite interesting and I wouldn't mind doing that drive, but like you, I will wait until safer times. Hope you are well my friend.

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • "TRAFFIC"

    fire works at Grand harbour tonight

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • "Kevin"

    Hi Derek05, something to look forward to is always good, I hope the Covid spike in Aberdeen has subsided by then so you can move around freely. I fancied driving the North Coast 500 this year instead of going abroad but apparently some places haven't re-opened so accommodations and facilities are limited and then there's the issue of not wanting to visit unknown places just yet, maybe next year. Stay safe.

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • "Derek05"

    Hi Kevin, we are between Lancaster and Preston, lovely little village.
    We "do" Scotland on a fairly regular basis, usually the East side, Ballater and Balmoral, and we have booked a log cabin for a few days in September.....cant wait !

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    • 1 month ago
    • "Kevin"

    Hi Derek05, It's another hot day here on the Kintyre peninsular in the west of Scotland. I'm assuming you live somewhere near Lytham so in a straight line we're probably about 150 miles north of you although by road it will be at least another 100 miles and due to the recent landslide closing the A83 there may have to be a 50 mile diversion. We're originally from Yorkshire but we've lived here for 40 years. Stay safe.

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    • 1 month ago
    • "DaveS"

    Tomorrow, Sunday 15 August is Valletta Pageant of the Seas. Think will be starting around 19:00 hrs CET