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
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    Hi folks,what a contrast in the square the middle of the year at ten in the morning two kids on bicycles have the place to themselves. I wonder how long it'll be before its full of tourists again?

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • Gary R. Orris.

    Jean, I'm with you on those thoughts, I should have been sitting at Dixies on Exiles promenade with my wife on Saturday (13th). I was looking forward to a Cisk & pea cake.
    Looking forward to booking for next year but it already looks like the prices are rising.
    Regards ..... Gary

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • Derek05

    Jean, sorry you will miss your holiday this time, but there will be other opportunities, and you can still view lots of Malta cams every day. I know its not like actually being there, but it is still great to be able to see your favourite places. Keep well.

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • Jean

    We should be starting our spring holiday in Valletta tomorrow 10/6/20
    We are missing Malta

  • avatar
    • 4 weeks ago
    • DaveS

    The monument is to the Sette Giugno riots. There is an article in todays (7/6/2020) Malta Independant about the history of the riots.

  • avatar
    • 4 weeks ago
    • Gary R. Orris.

    I think it was to do with the 1919 riots. People were going off-screen to lay wreaths and, if my memory is correct, the area they walked to is where i saw the monument to the riots.
    Regards ...... Gary

  • avatar
    • 4 weeks ago
    • Freya

    Colin yes great to see!

  • avatar
    • 4 weeks ago
    • Colin Duncan

    Really nice to see the benches going back in. Sign of a wee bit of normality creeping in I hope.

  • avatar
    • 4 weeks ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    "D" day celebrations?

  • avatar
    • 4 weeks ago
    • Peter

    What's the barrier for?

  • avatar
    • 4 weeks ago
    • Avril Bailey

    Yes what has happened to the camera that gave the view from the Palace?

  • avatar
    • 4 weeks ago
    • Bridoch1

    What’s happened to the new camera view in St Georges Square??

  • avatar
    • 4 weeks ago
    • Texan1

    19.23 local, having band practice

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • Jon

    Thanks Les & Dave S. Yes and I can certainly understand if those from the U.K aren't on the first wave of countries allowed back to Malta. As you say, Malta will still be there next year for us to visit, enjoy and appreciate all the more.

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • DaveS

    The Prime Minister, Robert Abela, speaking on the radio this morning (31/5/2020, Sunday) says the airport and ports will reopen on 1 July. The Prime Minister said measures to keep people safe will be put in place, "but we will not be sending a signal that tourists should not visit Malta due to these measures". So is one stop closer to visitors !!

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • Les

    Jon, We too are booked to stay in Valletta in August, but it's looking that we won't be making it and I can't blame the Maltese for saying 'stay away'. The Maltese have done a fantastic job on keeping the levels low. Not to worry Malta will still be there next year. Won't it????