The Auberge de Castille (Maltese: Ber?a ta' Kastilja) is one of the seven auberges built in the sixteenth century in Valletta, Malta, for the langues of the knights of the Order of Saint John. It housed the langue of Castille, León and Portugal until the French occupation of Malta in 1798, and from 1800 was the headquarters of the British army in Malta. It now houses the office of the Prime Minister of Malta.
The Auberge de Castille was built between 1571 and 1574, under the architect Girolamo Cassar. It was regarded as the most innovative of his Auberge designs. The original Auberge was completely rebuilt by Andrea Belli in 1741 during the grandmastership of Manuel Pinto da Fonseca. The coats of arms of Castile and León and of Portugal, along with Pinto's personal coat of arms appear sculpted on the façade of the building.
After the Order's capitulation to the French Republic in 1798, Auberge de Castille served as the Commission for National Property. The building became the headquarters for the British armed forces in Malta in 1805. In 1889 a signalling station with a large aerial was installed on the roof to communicate with warships of the Mediterranean Fleet moored in the Grand Harbour. In World War II, the Auberge was bombed and sustained severe damage on the right side of the entrance. This was rebuilt after the war and the aerial was removed.
The Office of the Prime Minister was moved from Auberge d'Aragon to Auberge de Castille on 4 March 1972. In this building the Prime Minister leads the business of the government and every Tuesday he convenes his cabinet of ministers here.
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dkmurphys (50376) 2014-07-24 1:14
Very fine capture of this impressive structure. I like the architecture and the cannons guarding the entrance. Well seen.
besnard (53914) 2014-07-24 1:25
Elle est imposante cette auberge à l'architecture riche et élégante. Les canons complètent l'ensemble.
Amitiés et bonne journée.
trevormoffiet (3112) 2014-07-24 3:51
An excellent note to accompany your well-composed photo.Your notes are always very informative and when combined with your images they make an excellent documentary of the regions that you visit.
asajernigan (21360) 2014-07-24 3:59
This is a nicely composed shot taken from a good angle. The angle of the shot creates a nice sense of direction. The canons are a good eye-catcher for the scene. The lighting is great and the photo has excellent sharpness and detail.
williewhistler (14757) 2014-07-24 3:59
I particularly like the pair of cannons stationed at the entrance of the building,they add a delightful finishing touch to a well exposed shot of the very impressive building.
It might have been nice to include all of the ornate lamp standard on the RHS.
ourania (33399) 2014-07-24 4:26
a very attractive building, the clear and solemn symmetrical lines are gracefully combined with elaborate decorative patterns. I like very much the perspective you chose to include the greater part of the façade and offer us close look at the details. The blue sky is a delightful, contrasting area. There's excellent clarity, in spite of the strong light that affects the colour contrasts. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
Nicou (124948) 2014-07-24 5:07
quelle belle auberge superbe et cet escalier avec les drapeaux colorés dans la superbe luminosité et la perspective grandiose compo.
Bravo et amitié
Sergiom (62748) 2014-07-24 5:14
J'aime beaucoup la ligne que forme ce superbe bâtiment dans l'image.Le point de vue est excellent. J'aime bien les deux canons qui gardent les portes.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-07-24 5:19
an impressive and imposing looking building this. A real sense of the history on display and beautifully balanced composition to make it stand out so proudly on the screen. Perfectly controlled capture this.
Regards - B.
Graal (98608) 2014-07-24 6:52
very nice old monumental facade of building here. Interesting details, unusual cannons. Good note and photo job.
Have a nice evening.
Fis2 (87247) 2014-07-24 8:42
Beautiful facade, beautiful windows.
Excellent light and sharpness.
I like cannons.
pierrefonds (58229) 2014-07-24 11:41
L'immeuble est imposant. La prise de vue permet de distinguer les détails et les couleurs de l'architecture de l'immeuble. La lumière donne un bon rendu aux couleurs de l'image. Bonne soirée.
Noel_Byrne (25598) 2014-07-24 11:52
A beautiful building, and reading your note, I would never have guessed it so sold, it is so ornate, and in such fine condition. When I look at Irish buildings from the same period, it comes home strong that they were two very different world at that time!
The light has created a beautiful sheen on the walls, and the level of detail is really superb. I guess those cannons are huge as the guard looks tiny!
Thanks as always
emka (81636) 2014-07-24 18:57
Hello Stephen Wonderful palace and impressive guns in front of it. superb composition. Nice view of these window shutters, I always like them, they are exotic for me, no need to have them in Poland. Is the man the guard?
WArm regrads Malgo
fabbs99 (16779) 2014-07-25 0:00
Colorful image of the castle.Great shot with excellent sharpness.TFS.
Silvio1953 (125443) 2014-07-25 6:03
Ciao Stephen, great perspective on fantastic building, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Cricri (108559) 2014-07-25 7:48
Bel angle de prise de ce bâtiment imposant et a l'architecture intéressante, une lumière bien gérée, une très belle présentation
ChrisJ (100602) 2014-07-25 11:41
A wonderful blue sky with good sharpness and punchy light contrasts on account of the perfect density levels giving clean blacks and whites. The curved fg footpath adds dynamism. Some nice ornate decoration in the stone facade of the building. Tfs!
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (86264)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-06-00
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 1100D, Canon 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS
- Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-24 0:14