Grand Master's Palace
I felt like I was in an episode of Scooby Doo. The long corridors of the Grand Master’s Palace are lined with suits of armour, standing rigid by every door and passageway. Hey, did that one on the left just move, or was it my imagination? Actually I shouldn’t have been too intimidated, the knights that once climbed into these suits, must’ve been tiny.
The building is the home of the Maltese Parliament and the official residence of the Maltese President, and I envy the politicians that have offices here. Their working environment is fabulous; beautiful frescoes, classical paintings, marble floors, tapestries featuring tropical scenes and wood-panelled rooms. At every turn there’s something beautiful to look at. The armoury has a large collection of weapons from several centuries. There are spears, shields, swords and other medieval ways of killing people; all had been used by the crusading Templar Knights. Many of the exhibits are hundreds of years old but have been so well preserved and looked after that they could’ve been made yesterday.
And if it hadn’t have been for those pesky kids letting off the fire alarm I could’ve spent at least another hour here, winding my way down several passageways and antique-laden corridors and rooms.
NB: Tours of the palace are free when Parliament is not in session. [more]
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