october, 2021

This is a repeating event

23oct11:00 am10:00 pmAn opportunity to visit the Main Guard as restoration works continue


Event Details

On Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th October, Heritage Malta will be giving the public the opportunity to visit the Main Guard in Valletta, where restoration and conservation works are currently ongoing, including a new lease of life for hundreds of small paintings on the walls. Admission during this open weekend will be free of charge.

The Main Guard was probably built towards the beginning of the 17th century by Grand Master Alof de Wignacourt to serve as quarters for the guards of the Grand Master’s palace, just across the square. This function was retained for more than 350 years, until the early 1970s.

During British rule, hundreds of pictures were painted on the Main Guard walls, mostly in the Officers’ Mess, where the guards ate and rested in between shifts. Painting was one of these soldiers’ pastimes, and in fact there are over 300 pictures, some of which were recently discovered during conservation and restoration works.

Opening times on Saturday 23rd October will be from 11:00am until 10:00pm while opening times on Sunday 24th will be from 10:00am until 4:00pm.

In order to attend this event, you will be required to fill in an online registration form. To access this form please click HERE


(Saturday) 11:00 am - 10:00 pm