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
    • 1 minute ago
    • Capture Sam

    7dec19--Maltese Republic Day - This public holiday is always celebrated on December 13th. In Malta, it is called 'Jum ir-Repubblika'. To mark the day the President of Malta presents awards to those who have served their country or achieved success for Malta. Celebrations take place at St. George's Square in Valletta. -- December 13th is also the Feast Day of Saint Lucia, the patron saint of Malta. Also a 'CHANGING OF THE GUARD' ceremony is scheduled @ 9am. EnJoy EnJoy

  • avatar
    • 3 hours ago
    • DaveS

    I may be wrong, but I thought the space in St. George's Sq is saved for the stage where the New Years festivities are held.

  • avatar
    • 5 hours ago
    • Richard Sealy

    Looking at the other cities Christmas trees soaring into the sky......….one wonders when the one in this square is going to return? Or has it been relocated within the island with the big bird? Cisk from the UK.

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Capture Sam

    24nov19--The President's Solidarity Fun Run that was to take place on Sunday morning was cancelled due to bad weather. This would have been the 11th edition of the fun run in aid of L-Istrina. For the benefit of the runners and their safety, it was postponed to a later date. EnJoy EnJoy

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • LynnD

    Hi Patricia Honey, now that would be one heck of a commute. But thanks for letting me know :)

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Patricia Honey

    No sorry I am not the same person I live in Bracknell Berkshire

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • LynnD

    Hi Patricia Honey, my husband used to work with a lady with the same name as yourself in Salford. Could you be the same lady, small world if you are :)

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • LynnD

    Good morning, thanks trish, you start to doubt yourself as you get older. Hahaha. I have now looked at the photos, the giant bird..... most unusual. However the stage is now being set up, maybe the tree and bird will be back next week. :)

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Patricia Honey

    Tree gone why?

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • trish

    lynnD, you are not imagining it. there WAS a tree, it was lit up last night. and it was there earlier. there was a giant bird as well. have a look at the photos. crikey, you only have to turn to a different camera for a minute, and you miss things going on. they must have been quick. there was a huge crowd around the bird too. I don't know what was going on!

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • LynnD

    Am I mistaken or was there a pretty tree here yesterday :)

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • trish

    giant bird...?

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Solveig Nerlandsrem

    Very happy that this webcamera is ok! Nice little tree, are there coming more?

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Patricia Honey

    Well, we have got a tree

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • roger

    Yes Margaret i did see that one, there are some beautiful vehicles out there but i don't see any of the old colourful buses.

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • Margaret Taylor

    Roger, did you see that there are also come beside the Floriana fountain? 11.02