Grand Master’s Palace remained the base of the Knight’s Hospitaller from 1571 to 1798 when Napoleon conquered Valletta. It was designed by Gerolamo Cessar and constructed on the site the Knight’s Hospitaller procured in 1571.
The head of the order’s nephew, Grand Master Jean Parisot de la Valette, lived in a small house on the site. Incorporated into the southwest corner of the palace, the house of Jean Parisot de la Valette still exists.
The Palace of the Grand Master’s served as a home for British governors of Malta, after the Royal Navy captured the island from the French at the beginning of the 19th century.
On the basement floor is the Armoury, one of the largest collections of its kind in the world, though reduced to a fraction of its former size by the depredations of the French. Among its principal treasures are a suit of armour made in Milan for the Grand Master, Adrien de Wignacourt (1690-97) and a full-length panoply made for Grand Master Martin Garzes by Sigismund Wold of Landshut.~City of Valletta
Grand Master’s Palace contains a large part of Malta’s history, representing the changing of an era and opulence. It is, however, a site filled with the mysteries of an order people like you and I can now see first hand.
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