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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia8,000 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
This building is located on St. George's Square directly opposite the Grandmasters Palace. Its origins date to 1603 when a guardhouse was built to house the personal guards of the Grand Master of the Order of St. John. 200 years later when the British controlled Malta, the building housed the guards of the Governor of Malta. The portico with six supporting columns and a relief of the British coat of arms was erected in 1814 when Sir Thomas Maitland was Governor. The portico, coat of arms and inscription are considered to be one of the most iconic symbols of British rule in Malta. A translation of the inscription reads;- "The love of the Maltese and the voice of Europe assigned these Islands to great and unconquered Britain. A.D. 1814".
In 1987 the building became annex of the Office of the Attorney General.
Also of interest, on the Square the building is single floor, but at the rear, where it abuts Strait Street, it is three floors due to the land slope.
Written June 28, 2018
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YTCHENG
Hong Kong, China15,401 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
The nice building opposite Grandmasters Palace was originally guards house to accommodate the personal guards of Grand Master of the Order of St. John. The Coat of Arms on the external facade of the building indicated the British rule in Malta. From 1987 onward, the building became an annex office to the Attorney General.
Written September 8, 2019
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Alice R
Hobart, Australia8,929 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Friends
Right opposite the Grandmasters Palace this building stands out due to the columns that sit prominently at the front. I was unsure if you could enter this place, but it was nice to look at
Written February 4, 2019
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Michael T
Thurleigh, UK1,193 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
Large square featuring historical building. Nice place to stop in the shade on a sunny day. Lots of shops in the surrounding streets.
Written August 17, 2018
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