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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.

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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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A Taste of Malta

On your next holiday to Malta try some typical Maltese dishes and delicious sweets…

Here are some traditional Maltese dishes that are worth a try:

Gbejniet tal-Bzar - Peppered Cheeselets

Gbejniet tal-Bzar – Peppered Cheeselets

  • Enjoy Gozo cheeselets
  • Try a traditional Maltese dish Fenkata in Mgarr
  • Taste the famous Maltese ‘pastizzi’, filled with ricotta or peas
  • Another must is to taste freshly made Maltese bread
  • Enjoy a bottle of Maltese wine

    Bebbux - Snails Stew

    Bebbux – Snails Stew

  • Taste bebbux (snails)
  • Try Maltese sausage, available from village butchers
  • Try one of the Maltese traditional liquors called Bajtra (prickly pear)
  • During summer months enjoy delicious local fish called ‘lampuki’
  • Have a pint of Cisk – Malta’s local beer.

    Imqaret - Deep Fried Date Pastry

    Imqaret – Deep Fried Date Pastry

  • Enjoy the delicious ‘mqaret’ the Maltese traditional date filled pastries.
  • Refresh yourself with a local soft drink Kinnie
  • Try a packet of Twistees a local snack
  • Savour ‘hobz biz-zejt’, maltese bread with tomato paste and tuna filling

Photos courtesy of Visit Malta.

The Kitchen Brigade at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta aims to excel at all times, making every dining experience a memorable one. If you would like to try a unique dining experience join us at one of our renowned restaurants at this superior five star hotel in Malta.

 

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Things to do when in Malta

Marsaxlokk - Fishing village

Marsaxlokk – Fishing village

  • Go to the fishing village of Marsaxlokk on Sunday and experience the fish market with the rowdy vendors selling fresh fish and other fresh produce
  • Jog or walk along the Sliema promenade and watch the sunrise
  • Visit the Ta’ Qali Crafts Village
  • Visit and shop at Malta’s largest shopping mall, The Point at Tigne Point, Sliema
  • Go to Ghar Lapsi, a cove and small fishing village
  • Visit the Second World War Shelter located in Mgarr
  • Visit the church of St. Nicholas in the village of Siggiewi
  • People-watch whilst having a coffee at a Sliema cafè
  • Check out the Mtarfa ex-British military buildings
Mosta Dome

Mosta Dome

  • Visit the Mosta Church which is famous for having one of the largest domes in the world
  • Play a round of golf at The Royal Malta Golf Club
  • Discover an underwater world – dive in Maltese clear waters
  • Go parakiting from one of our sandy beaches and get a bird’s eye view of Malta
  • Wander around San Anton Gardens in Attard
  • Hop on and off the Malta Sightseeing bus
  • Get the ferry from Valletta Marsamxetto to Sliema Strand
  • Go to Fort Rinella and see one of the world’s largest canons
  • Visit Corradino, Old Military Prison
Hypogeum

Hypogeum – © Clive Vella

  • Experience Malta’s colourful history through a ‘new generation’ 5D cinema effect Hypogeum
    Temple
  • Go to the Ghar Dalam, a prehistoric cave
  • Walk around the exhibits at the St John’s Cavalier Centre for Creativity
  • Charter a yacht and sail around the islands
  • Go to Comino by the traditional Maltese boat Luzzu
  • Visit the Hagar Qim Temples
  • Visit the Kordin 111 Neolithic Temples
  • See the Fat Lady at the Tarxien Temples
  • Visit Popeye’s Village
  • Hike around the Victoria lines

Whilst staying at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta visit our concierge desk and our team will assist you in planning your visits around Malta. And for a great memorable experience this luxury 5 star hotel in Malta offers a selection of self guided tours around Malta. Be sure to check our chauffeur driven service during your stay.

Photos courtesy of www.viewingmalta.com

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