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Owning a Piece of History: Palatial Residences in Malta’s Iconic Cities

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06/06/2024

Malta, a small island nation in the Mediterranean, is known for its rich cultural heritage and historic cities that are steeped in history and charm. Owning a luxury property in one of Malta’s historic cities is not just about having a place to call home, but also about preserving a piece of the past.

Valletta, Mdina, Qormi, and Wardija are renowned for their stunning architecture and well-preserved historical sites.

Valletta – A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Malta’s capital, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and boasts a treasure trove of Baroque-style buildings, fortifications and churches that date back to the 16th century.  Notable spots in the Maltese capital –  the Grand Harbour, City Gate, St George’s Square, Basilica of Saint Dominic, and the historic Grandmaster’s Palace – have not only attracted numerous visitors but have also proven to be popular filming locations which have featured in well known blockbusters such as Munich (2005), Da Vinci Code (2006), Assassin’s Creed (2016), and more recently Jurassic World Dominion (2022).

A perfect example of a typical Baroque style building is this Valletta Palazzo, nestled on a tranquil street just off a bustling shopping area. Boasting one of Valletta’s most captivating facades and offering breathtaking panoramas of the Grand Harbour from its rooftop terrace, the palazzo’s original features have undergone extensive and careful restoration, under the expert guidance of conservationists. Its historical charm preserved, the palazzo is designed to cater to both commercial and residential needs, epitomising sophistication, whilst seamlessly blending heritage with contemporary comforts.

Valletta Palazzo (ref: 006552)

€ 4,250,000  |  8 Bedrooms |  4 Bathrooms |  Area (sq mt): 730.00

Mdina – The Silent City

Mdina, an ancient fortified town dating back over 4,000 years, sits atop a hill in central Malta. Boasting stunning medieval and baroque architecture, its narrow streets, grand palazzos, and a majestic cathedral offer a glimpse into the past. Known as the “Silent City” for its peaceful, traffic-free environment, it contrasts sharply with the bustling world outside its walls.   Similar to Valletta, Mdina recently gained fame as a filming location, notably for Game of Thrones, where it stood in for King’s Landing.

The palazzos in Mdina are magnificent examples of Malta’s architectural heritage, showcasing the opulence of noble families with ornate facades, elegant courtyards, and intricate stonework. Acquiring an unconverted palazzo here presents a unique opportunity to restore a historic masterpiece to its former grandeur, blending preservation with modern comforts.

A unique opportunity lies in the acquisition of this Unconverted Palazzo which with 20 bedrooms, frescoes, an arcaded courtyard provide a true oasis of tranquillity mixed in a perfect blend of history and serenity.

Mdina Unconverted Palazzo (ref: 005311)

€ 7,000,000  |  20 Bedrooms |  4 Bathrooms |  Area (sq mt): 1190.00

Qormi – Tracing origins to Phoenician Periods

Qormi, traces its ancient origins to Phoenician and Roman periods.  Qormi’s historic significance is reflected in its numerous old churches, narrow streets, traditional bakeries that have been operational for centuries and palazzos – which in Qormi are rare gems, coveted for their historical charm and architectural beauty.

However, these properties seldom come on the market, making them highly sought after by buyers who appreciate their unique heritage and timeless elegance, such as the beautifully restored palazzo on our listing.  A converted, 16th-century palazzo, surrounded by high walls and nestled within 4,000 square metres of lush gardens was the country home of a Knight posed to become a Grand Master.  The spacious central courtyard – the heart of the palazzo – connects to several stately rooms each each showcasing exquisite architectural details. In addition the property boasts a belvedere, orchards, groves, and a swimming pool.  Adding to the uniqueness of this property is a baroque chapel, independent servant quarters, two large original stables, a natural spring water source, and a five-car garage. This palazzo is a treasure trove of historical and architectural features, offering a rare glimpse into Malta’s storied past.

Qormi Converted Palazzo (ref: 003931)

Price on request  | 4 Bedrooms |  4 Bathrooms |  5 Car Garage |  Area (sq mtrs): 4373.00

Wardija: Hunting Ground of Knights

Nestled in the serene and picturesque village of Wardija, lies a collection of historic country residences steeped in the island’s rich heritage. Once the favoured hunting grounds for the Knights of St. John, Wardija underwent a transformation into a prominent hunting zone during the 16th to 18th centuries, giving rise to the construction of splendid hunting lodges, palazzos, and chapels.

These stately residences, adorned with ornate facades, expansive gardens, and elegant interiors, serve as tangible reminders of Malta’s noble past. Among them stands the magnificent Wardija Palazzo, a quintessential example of the grandeur of this era. From the moment one crosses its majestic threshold, a sense of history and opulence envelops them, leading to a property offering not only generously proportioned living spaces but also seamless access to the vast surrounding grounds

Enhancing the allure of this estate are its enviable amenities, including a large swimming pool, tranquil natural ponds, fountains – adding a touch of elegance and tranquility to property, and meticulously manicured gardens teeming with olive, citrus, and almond trees. Each element contributes to the palazzo’s undeniable charm and serves as a testament to the timeless elegance of Wardija’s historic residences.

Wardija Palazzo (ref: 007434)

Price on request  | 6 Bedrooms |  4 Bathrooms |  4 Car Garage |  Area (sq mtrs): 10800.00

In conclusion, owning a palazzo in Malta’s is not just an investment in real estate but also a commitment to preserving the island’s rich cultural heritage and storied past.  These properties are living legacies, preserving the essence of Malta’s noble history for generations to come.

Contact us today to turn your dream of owning a piece of Maltese paradise into a reality.

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