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

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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

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  • avatar
    • 1 hour ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    hi George I was over in March for week and for some reason I seemed to drift into the PUB when in Valletta. I also spent time at fort Rinella in Kalkara, have you visited the fort recently? gan canny.

  • avatar
    • 4 hours ago
    • George nelson

    Hello Derek, was back in April with all the family, back next Thursday for 10 nights, yes i,ve no doubt ill have to have a REFRESHMENT or two in the PUB, i,am going to make a point and visit Kalkara Naval Cemetery it,s on my list any way, take care.

  • avatar
    • 11 hours ago
    • Solveig Nerlandsrem

    At last!! Im so happy to see the camera is back!! Fantastic! Thanks from Norway.

  • avatar
    • 11 hours ago
    • JMR

    Wonderful to see this webcam back. I'm watching just now and its dark with low lighting but it doesn't matter I can hear the sound of a fountain running and see the lights flashing about the ground where the fountain flows. No Sentry boxes by the Palace Gates but I'm sure they will all be in place soon for us all to watch as before. Welcome back St Georges Square and Thank you to the host Micheal's .

  • avatar
    • 15 hours ago
    • Ann Galea

    Looks like rehearsals are under way for this weekend. Sounds fantastic !

  • avatar
    • 16 hours ago
    • TRAFFIC

    The Valletta Military Tattoo, previously known as the Malta Military Tattoo, is on Friday 20th, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd, at St. George’s Square, Valletta. Here Military and Musical Bands perform popular tunes and marches for all to enjoy. The event is suitable for all ages and ensures a fun evening for everyone. The display starts at 7pm and ends around 9.30pm.
    This year’s Line-Up is made up as follows:
    Foreign Acts:
    La Frustica Band - Some of the most significant public performances they took part in are 1998 and 2000, Columbus Day Parade in New York and many other Italian and European acclaimed events, such as famous carnivals and international festivals. Furthermore, in January 2012 they successfully performed during the Chinese New Year’s Eve in Hong Kong (China), in 2013 in Shanghai, in 2016 at the "Military Band Festival" in Albertville in France and then in Bucharest in Romania. Last May the band performed at the traditional "Dou Dou" re-enactment festival of Mons in Belgium.
    The world-renowned luxury brand Dolce & Gabbana engaged the band on the occasion of the 13th anniversary of the famous Maison of Italian High Fashion and again in November 2017, D&G, choose La Frustica to be in London for the lighting of the Christmas tree at the famous Harrods department stores. And, again D&G, engaged the band at the prestugious Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda event organized by Italian stylists in Como.
    "La Frustica" since 2014 is the Official Band of the Italian National Rugby team.
    Sbandieratori e Musici Borgo San Lorenzo (Flag Throwers) - The group “Sbandieratori e Musici Borgo San Lorenzo” from Alba, was founded in 1984 by a group of youngsters who attended the Parish of San Lorenzo (Duomo) in the city of Alba, to participate more actively in the “Palio degli Asini” and in the various events organized by the “Borgo” and “Giostra delle Cento Torri”.
    The choreographic is spectacular with flag-wavers and musicians, and the performance is impressive and very acrobatic. The group is registered with the “Italian League of Flag-Wavers” and “Italian Federation of Popular Traditions”, participating every year in the National Flag Parade. The Group's activities are intense, now included in many important events they have acquired prestige, bringing the name of their “Borgo” and “Alba” to almost all the Italian regions, in France, Spain, Slovenia, Belgium, Austria and Switzerland. In June 2019 the group performed in Beijing for the EXPO.
    Gymnastic Club Piruett featuring Dance Group Vikerkaar – This display will introduce an innovative element to the show, it combines the acrobatic technical talent of gymnasts who have created a team to display and perform their talents in cultural activities They have taken part in all the prestigious tattoos in Europe. The display brings hope, in the words of the choreographer “People are waiting to be healed, waiting for someone to change their lives, waiting for an Angel to stir the waters, waiting to be saved from themselves and each other”. This is the essence of the display.
    Local Acts:
    The Band of the Armed Forces of Malta which annually provides a display prepared entirely for the Malta Military Tattoo, this year will be no exception they will please the audiences with the many surprises they have prepared. They are also joined by the drill team who display the precision and discipline of the military routines.
    The Malta Police Force Band is also preparing a display to impress, and will this year provide elements to make the audiences clap with enthusiasm. The Police Force Drill Team will also be present with a precision display for all to admire.
    The Massed Pipes and Drums will be made up of 4 local Maltese pipe bands: 1st Cospicua Scout Group Pipes and Drums, 1st Hamrun Scout Group Duke of Argyll's Own Pipe Band, Marsa Scouts Pipes and Drums, and the Wallace Pipes and Drums - Malta. They will be accompanied by the Maltese group of Highland dancers from the Artistique Dance Company.
    The event is organized by MFCC, with the support and collaboration of the Valletta Cultural Agency and the Malta Tourism Authority.

  • avatar
    • 22 hours ago
    • PMM

    Hi DJB - nice to hear from you - yes it’s great to have this one back!

  • avatar
    • 24 hours ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    good to see this one back it has been a miss, George Nelson its been a while since you've popped up . Will you make it to THE PUB this time. gan canny lad.

  • avatar
    • 1 day ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    I'm so jealous Mary & George, we have just come back!

  • avatar
    • 1 day ago
    • George nelson

    Great to see this camera back will be in Malta next week for 10 days.

  • avatar
    • 2 days ago
    • Mary R

    Looking forward to my visit in Novembe

  • avatar
    • 2 days ago
    • Mary R

    what a lovely surprise my favourite camera back again thank you so much

  • avatar
    • 2 days ago
    • Shelley

    So glad it's back. This always seemed to be the place to come for general Malta info too.
    Now if I could just have the Underwater cam back my viewing would be complete ;-)

  • avatar
    • 2 days ago
    • Ann Galea

    Lovely to see you again St.George's Square cam. Fingers crossed you won't disappear on us just before the festivities commence this weekend. We have been eagerly anticipating your return for almost a year so let's hope your stay will be a long one !

  • avatar
    • 2 days ago
    • shev

    good to have you back hope see you feb, health prob naft may up thank you again

  • avatar
    • 2 days ago
    • Liz

    Over the moon this camera back on