Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Inquisitor's Palace, Birgu

We recently visited the Inquisitor's Palace in Birgu. Birgu has a fascinating history. It was actually the first place in Malta settled by the Knights of the Order of St. John when they arrived on the island in 1530. The history of the Inquisitor's Palace in Malta reaches back just as far.

Yes, that's Inquisitor as in Inquisition. And to say the Inquisitor's Palace (a museum site run by Heritage Malta) was unbiased about its account of the Inquisition would be a stretch. The overall state of the museum, its curation and exhibitions, were sadly lacking for me. This isn't a very palatial palace, so you shouldn't expect much to look at in terms of elaborate architecture or decorative arts. Only coming to Malta for a weekend? You can skip this one.

The Inquisitor's Palace takes about an hour to visit. It is centrally located in Birgu. There are no audioguides; some information is displayed in both Maltese and English.

- Jess

Baroque stairway by Romano Carapecchia
unique (to malta) gothic vaulting. for me, the most interesting aspect of the palace
all exhibitions focused on religion & religious art,
with emphasis on christmas and easter traditions 
prison cells.


  1. so gorgeous! stop making me want to come to Malta. ;)

  2. I love that you are honest in your reviews of where you go. This place wasn't great and you just put it out there! So good! THANK YOU! x


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