Gobelins' Tapestries

Having been serving as Malta’s centre of power for some 450 years, the Magisterial Palace at Valletta is home to some of the most opulent ambiences in the Maltese Islands. Every square inch of its walls is covered with frescoes, fine drapes and exquisite works of art to impart a sense of grandeaur. Undoubtedly, the early 18th-century visitors must have mesmerised by the then newly acquired tapestries hanging in the Gran Council’s Hall. Donated by Ramon Perellos y Roccaful as part of his ‘ gioia’ or gift to the Order on being elected Grand Master, these 10 scenes representing exotic flora and fauna from the then newly discovered world. Fortunately, these survived practically intact and are considered the only complete and large format example of the ‘Les Tentures des Indes’ cycle produced by the world famous Gobelins Tapestry Manufactury in Paris.


Discover how it was to grow up in Neolithic Malta!


Here is a recipe for you to try out! It is based on ingredients that were available in the Neolithic.

Inquisitors' Coat of Arms

Occupying an entire block along Birgu’s main thoroughfare, the Inquisitor’s Palace is one of Malta’s most intriguing monuments. Its Classical Baroque facades enclose a labyrinthine compound that was moulded over a period of some 500 years and is the net sum of a long list of structural interventions to accommodate the ever-changing needs of the successive inquilines, particularly the 61 prelates who served as inquisitors and apostolic delegates to Malta between 1575 and 1798. Their coat of arms are painted on the walls of the piano nobile’s main hall, and apart from showing their Italian roots, shed light on their notable careers after leaving the island.


Discover how it was to grow up in Neolithic Malta!

School and Work

Make a pottery vessel like the ones made in the Neolithic.


Discover how it was to grow up in Neolithic Malta!

Getting dressed (looking good)

Create and decorate a headdress like the one worn by a Neolithic statuette.


Wheat has been a staple in the diet of the people of Malta and Gozo since prehistoric times. Besides the production of bread, it features regularly in a variety of confections, savouries and pastries. These four traditional recipes are some of the most popular examples. While heavily reliant on the same basic ingredient – wheat flour, the end products are poles apart, ranging from pungent to sugary.

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Online competition for kids up to 16 years

Participants are to upload an image of their creation on the Facebook event page created for each theme. Participants will also be provided with resources to inspire them to create work according to the different themes. Resources may be used to submit creations and artworks or simply as a guideline.

Theme 1 – Prehistoric Temples25 submissions have been shortlisted!

Theme 2 – Traditional Confections19 submissions have been shortlisted!

Theme 3 – Knights Armour (11 May – 24 May) – 14 submissions have been shortlisted

Theme 4 – Pose for Art (25 May – 7 June) – 17 submissions have been shortlisted

Theme 5 – Roman Mosaics (8 June – 21 June) – 4 submissions have been shortlisted

Prize: A number of submissions per theme will be selected and exhibited on the Heritage Malta portal and at MUŻA, Malta’s community art museum, later this year, or in early 2021.