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.

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Comments

  • avatar
    • 5 hours ago
    • Jean

    I miss the musical fountain
    Seems to have broken

  • avatar
    • 14 hours ago
    • Peter

    Two men measuring up for something

  • avatar
    • 2 days ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    Lol Derek, thank you so much for the invite, I've just logged back on so I suspect the wine is probably all gone!!

  • avatar
    • 2 days ago
    • Derek05

    Well Margaret, at our house, we are about to sit down for a meal ! Do you fancy joining us for a glass of good French red?

  • avatar
    • 2 days ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    Anyone know what's going on this evening 18.00?

  • avatar
    • 4 days ago
    • Freya

    Leanne thank you for your reply.
    I was only joking when I said it looks like it’s been wrapped in brown paper.
    It’s true then lol.

  • avatar
    • 4 days ago
    • Louis Pace

    The OATH of the New Prime Minister at 3pm.

  • avatar
    • 4 days ago
    • Leanne A

    Hi Freya and all, the telephone box unfortunately got its door broken so i think for safety measures, they wrapped it up.

  • avatar
    • 4 days ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    Ignore me......I'm sure there were no comments when I looked!!!

  • avatar
    • 4 days ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    What on earth is happening today? (13th Jan - 11.17)

  • avatar
    • 4 days ago
    • GAC

    This will be busy today on this beautiful parade ground. GAC

  • avatar
    • 4 days ago
    • JCC

    Preparations for the New Prime Minister Swearing in Ceremony today

  • avatar
    • 4 days ago
    • DaveS

    New Prime Minister sworn in 3.00pm at Palace in Valletta.Local newspapers saying he will then walk from the palace to The Auberge de Castille (Office of the Prime Minister).

  • avatar
    • 5 days ago
    • Peter

    Some work happening today

  • avatar
    • 5 days ago
    • DaveS

    There are, allegedly 11 of the K type Ex GPO phone box’s in Malta. During 2018 it was reported by the press, that the boxes where to be collected and taken to a workshop to be restored to their original colour and latter all were to be installed in Valletta. Could be part of that programme, but I have seen boxes still outside of Valletta as late as November 2018. During July 2019, The Malta Independent reported that an application had been filled with the Planning Authority to allow the telephone box in Independence Square, Valletta to be turned into an advertising both. Looks like it may have been granted

  • avatar
    • 5 days ago
    • GAC

    Telephone box perhaps getting a new coat of red paint? GAC