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
    • 4 days ago
    • Jean

    The seating has been hidden away, I guess to discourage socialising

  • avatar
    • 5 days ago
    • Patricia Honey

    wars are long gone we need to live now and get rid of the virus not worry about the past

  • avatar
    • 6 days ago
    • Raymond Mitchell

    stay well stay safe Malta the United kingdom loves you.and always remembers you're help during ww2 we stand with you as you stood with us in those dark days

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • Patti

    Let us raise prayers, to our almighty God, who can do everything, for our planet, for the health that each being, and because God Bless all. In the name of Christ. Amen

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Derek05

    I agree Avril, but we are safe and can keep in touch through the fabulous cams available to us all, now you take care dear.

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Avril Bailey

    It is so sad, going on the web cams all over the world, seeing hardly anyone around. It is as though the world has been deserted. Please stay safe everyone

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Victor

    Unfortunately all the village feasts have been cancelled for this year.

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • John Benner

    We were in Malta three weeks ago and had booked to return on the 26th June although it hasnt been cancelled as yet l am not sure it will go ahead but we can hope. Its going to be some time before this square holds any events , and of course between June and August across the island there are lots of village feasts due to be held , lets hope most of them will go ahead.

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Jean

    Looks like the benches are going to be back for a long time, unfortunately with no one to occupy them
    Our trip to Valletta in June looks to be off . We have another booked for September and we hope that by then everyone will be well and things are back to normal

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Derek05

    Welcome back Freda, our love goes out to you in Australia. Where are you in OZ ?

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Derek05

    Well said Kevin.

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Kevin

    We're the same here in Scotland Freda, everything is locked down, we've been at home for over a week now, so 11 more weeks to go before they let us out, we don't usually go out much but knowing that we can't seems to make it worse and not being able to hug our great grandchildren when they delivered flowers for Mother's Day was hard. Hopefully we'll survive, Malta will return to normal just like we remember it and we will re-arrange our planned May holiday for later in the year. Stay safe everyone.

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Freda Micallef

    I haven’t been on the skyline camera for a few months now just started again just to see what is happening with this Coronavirus in Malta sad to see Malta is in lock down just like us in Australia..

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    Very true Avril. Take care.

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • Avril Bailey

    Waiting and looking forward to plan our next holiday in Malta. When that will be we don't know, but all I can do is go onto the web cams and look at Malta, and other countries, and pray for the health of the world.

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • Freya

    Cleaners out disinfecting the benches this morning.