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Verdala Palace

The majestic Verdala Palace, designed by the famed Girolamo Cassar and built in 1586 overlooking the Buskett Woodlands, was named in honour of Grand Master de Verdalle. The site was originally built on one floor and served as a hunting lodge. Grand Master Manoel De Vilhena later built the first floor of this palace, and added fountains and ponds, while Grand Master Lascaris enlarged the Boschetto by planting more trees. Towards the end of the reign of the Order in Malta this palace was abandoned and fell into a state of disrepair.

 

During the French Blockade, Verdala Palace served as a military prison for French soldiers, whilst at the beginning of the British rule the palace was derelict and was used as a silk factory. After the Second World War in 1946 prior to its restoration, it was used as a minor hospital. For this reason the interior was painted white, covering all the murals. It was after 1975 that this palace was given back its dignity and restored to its former glory, to be used as a residence for official guests of the Government of Malta.

 

An interesting story linked to this palace is that of the famous “Blue Lady” who is said to roam the palace. The story goes that a lady was kept here against her will and fell to her death whilst trying to escape. Legend has it that the blue lady is seen roaming the building wearing a blue dress, the same dress she had worn when she died. 

 

The Palace currently serves as the summer residence of the President of Malta and is generally closed to the public. 

Directions

Performances at Verdala Palace

SUNDAY 12, JANUARY

Discover the beautiful music of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach along with the renowned works of Handel and Telemann in the wonderful setting of Verdala Palace.

GERMAN CELEBRITY COMPOSERS: FROM CONCERTO TO OPERA

12 noon

FRIDAY 24, JANUARY

This lunchtime concert will be a musical journey, taking the audience through the three after-worlds lying beyond our mortal life inspired by Dante Alighieri’s descriptions in the Divina Commedia.

NEL MEZZO DEL CAMMIN DI NOSTRA VITA

12 noon

SUNDAY 19, JANUARY

This concert takes you from one musical era to another. It starts with demonstrating the power of the rich diminution traditions of the Renaissance, when most of the instruments we now think of as “Baroque” - such as the recorder and viola da gamba - were fully de-veloped. Followed by the apogee of writing for the viola da gamba and the recorder fea-turing baroque masterpieces by Marin Marais and Johann Sebastian Bach.

RENAISSANCE VARIATIONS - MARAIS - BACH

3:30 PM

THURSDAY 23, JANUARY

Celebrating the 400th anniversary of Barbara Strozzi’s birth, this captivating programme delves into the musical and personal lives of Strozzi and two other great baroque composers, Monteverdi and Carissimi.

MUSICA CLANDESTINA

12 noon