Auberge de Castille

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  • When the Knights of St. John built the city of Valletta in the 16th century, they constructed an Auberge for each of their eight Langues. The Auberges were intended mainly as the residences of knights who did not have a home of their own in Malta. The Auberge de Castille was built in 1574 by Girolamo Cassar, for the knights of the Langue of Castille, Leon and Portugal, on the highest point of Valletta. Grand Master Manuel Pinto de Fonseca commissioned architect Andrea Belli to restructure the façade to make it one of the finest works of the 18th century Baroque architecture in Valletta. The particular features of the Auberge are the three rows of windows and the bust of Grand Master Pinto. Pinto’s coat-of-arms is on top of the central window. The Arms of Castille, Leon and Portugal surmount the massive cornice framing the roof of the building. During the British period, the Auberge served as the military headquarters of the army. Nowadays, the Auberge houses the Office of the Prime Minister. For more information visit
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