The Palace, Valletta




One of the most important and interesting buildings in Valletta is the Magisterial Palace which was the residence of the Grand Master. It currently houses the Office of the President of the Republic of Malta. The history of this palace dates back to the construction of Valletta, when Grand Master La Valette decided to build a city on Mount Sceberras following the victory of the Great Siege. Until that time this land was called Xaret Mewija and the only building on it was Fort St. Elmo which had been built at the time of Grand Master Juan D’Homedes. The architect of this project was the Italian, Francesco Lapparelli assisted by the Maltese architect Girolamo Cassar. The city was planned and build on a grid’s layout, to include squares and government buildings. In the original plans the Magisterial Palace was meant to be built where Auberge de Castille is currently situated.