Verdala Palace

Verdala Palace is the summer residence of the President of the Republic of Malta. The Palace can trace its origins to a solitary hunting lodge built by the Grandmaster of the Order of St John Jean de la Valette (1557-1568). The lodge stood on a strategically located outcrop of land overlooking a valley that would later become a green oasis and woodland to stand out in an otherwise arid countryside. On this spot, in 1586, Grandmaster Hugues Loubenx de Verdalle (1582-1595) built his countryside retreat to plans by Maltese architect Gerolamo Cassar (1520 – c. 1592). Verdalle’s legacy still survives in the choice of name for this palace – Verdala.