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LIFE AS A GRANDMASTER AT SAN ANTON
San Anton offers a peaceful retreat from Malta’s hustle and bustle. Open to the public since 1882, the palace and gardens are a listed Grade I national monument.
Located in Attard, the gardens feature a variety of exotic flowers and plants, some of which are centuries old. The garden also boasts an orangery and its fountains and ponds are regularly frequented by ducks and terrapins.
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Each year the grounds play host to horticultural shows, dramatic performances, and fund-raising events. Built in the 17th Century by Grandmaster Antoine de Paule and named after his patron saint Anthony of Padua, the palace has had many functions over the years.
After use as the official Grandmaster’s residence, the palace later became the headquarters of the rebel National Assembly during Malta’s period of French occupation. Under the British, San Anton Palace housed commissioners and the Governor General of Malta and in 1800 Civil Commissioner Sir Alexander ball resided there. Today San Anton is the official residence of the President of Malta but has also played host to Queen Elizabeth II during her royal visits, most recently in 2005.
Bus routes 54 and 106 regularly service Attard. Opening hours run 07:00- 18:00 and entry is free of charge.
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Photography by Kyle Cutajar