Photographer's Note

A view of the entrance to the Palazzo Parisio in Valletta, Malta. The palace now houses the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Some information from the Ministry’s web site:

Built in the early 18th century by Bishop Sceberras on the site of two former houses in Merchants Street, then known as Strada San Giacomo, Palazzo Parisio consists of three elements, each two storeys high, enclosing a central courtyard. A new third storey was added after the First World War.

By the late 18th century the property became the town house of Chavalier Paolo Parisio Muscati, a Neapolitan Maltese nobleman who had married Donna Anna Muscati, grand-daughter of Donna Maria Sceberras, mother of Bishop Sceberras. Paolo Parisio played an influential role during the latter years of the Order of St. John’s rule in Malta. It was during this period that the site acquired its lasting epithet of Palazzo Parisio.

On 13th June 1798 Napoleon Bonaparte landed in Malta and took residence at the Palazzo. During his seven eventful days’ stay at the Palazzo, prior to embarking for his Egyptian campaign, Napoleon dictated the transformation of Malta’s ancient legal and administrative structures in the Republican ‘Code Napoleon’. Less than three months later these imposed, deep rooted and abrupt changes instigated the insurrection of the Maltese against the French culminating in the island being rescued with the help of the British, who subsequently became the ruling power for over 150 years.

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