Palace State Rooms
The Magisterial Palace, built between 1571 and 1574, is today the President’s office and seat of the Maltese parliament. In the Tapestry Chamber hangs a unique collection of Gobelin Tapestries. Frescoes depicting the Great Siege of 1565 by Perez d’Aleccio adorn the Hall of St Michael and St George – formerly the Order’s supreme council hall. The decorations on the ceilings of the corridors are by Nicolo’ Nasini. Many of the State Apartments are embellished with friezes describing episodes of the Order’s history. The palace itself was designed by Maltese architect, Girolamo Cassar, who was responsible for most of Valletta’s main buildings, including the Co-Cathedral of St John.