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Explore Valletta: The Palace Armoury

Palace_Armoury__Valletta_9The Palace Armoury in Valletta is one of the world’s largest collections of arms and armour that is still housed in its original building. The Knights of St John were a unique brotherhood of resolute warrior monks. From Malta, their island stronghold, these combatant aristocrats from the noblest houses of Europe, carried out their relentless crusade against the Ottoman Turks in defence of the Catholic faith.

The Palace Armoury is certainly one of the most visible and tangible symbols of the past glories of the Sovereign Hospitaller Military Order of Malta. Grand Master Alof de Wignacourt transferred the Order’s arsenal to the Magisterial Palace in 1604 where it was the pride of the Order. Apart from being lavishly adorned with elaborate trophies of arms, it held enough arms and armour to equip thousands of soldiers. It was housed in the magnificent hall at the rear of the building, right above its present location.

At present, it is displayed inside two halls that were originally the stables of the palace. Following the forced departure of the Order of St. John from Malta, the armoury somehow lost much of its original grandeur. However, it was restored and was officially opened as Malta’s first public museum in 1860. Although only a fraction of its original splendour remains, the Armoury still contains abundant material of Italian, German, French and Spanish origin from principal production centres. Also displayed is an exotic selection of Islamic and Ottoman arms and armour. Apart from the massed arms of the common soldiers in the collection, the enriched personal armours of the nobility still manage to make a statement. Various areas of the Palace State Rooms and Armoury are currently undergoing restoration. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


Reasons to Visit:
1. Unique display of suits of armour owned by Grand Masters Alof de Wignacourt and Jean de La Valette.
2. Arms and armour used by the Knights of St. John between 1530 -1798 and by the Ottoman Empire during the Great Siege of 1565.
3. A varied selection of firearms used for both military and sporting purposes.
4. A chance to see a selection of artillery pieces originally used for battle on the fortifications.

Valletta will have the honour of holding the esteemed title of European Capital of Culture in 2018. If you plan to visit Malta be sure to visit interesting places around the capital, Valletta. Contact the Concierge Desk at this luxury 5 star hotel on the doorstep of Valletta for some great tips on places worth visiting during your next holiday to Malta.

Photo credit: Aaron Briffa & Viewing Malta

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Are you an Air Show lover?


If you are an aviation enthusiast you cannot miss this year’s Malta International Air Show, now in its 21st edition which will be held on the 28th & 29th September 2013. The Malta International Airshow Show attracts participants from all over the world and this year will also be hosting the world renowned Red Arrows. They will also be giving spectacular aerobatic displays over Malta.

The Grand Hotel Excelsior has teamed up with the Malta Aviation Society and is offering you a Great Air-show Package which includes:

• Welcome Drink upon arrival
• Accommodation in a Deluxe Partial Sea View Room
• Daily Buffet Breakfast
• One Day ticket per person booked to the Malta International Airshow
• One Way taxi pick up from the Malta International Airport to the hotel
• Two Way taxi transfers from the hotel to the Airshow and back to the hotel
• Complimentary use of indoor and outdoor pool, whirlpool and fitness centre
• Free pressing service during your stay

Package starts from €100 per person per night sharing a Double Deluxe Partial Sea View Room.


Terms & Conditions Apply.

If you are planning a holiday to Malta and would like to have a great experience this Luxury Malta Hotel offers a great selection of interesting Malta Packages for any season. So if you’d like to enjoy a summer holiday with your family; a relaxing weekend break with your better half; or experience Malta like the locals, the Grand Hotel Excelsior has it All!

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