The Auberge d'Italie is an auberge in Valletta, Malta. It was built at various stages in the late 16th century to house knights of the Order of Saint John from the langue of Italy, and it originally had a Mannerist design by Girolamo Cassar and several other architects. The building continued to be modified throughout the course of the 17th century, with the last major renovation being carried out in the 1680s during the magistracy of Gregorio Carafa, giving the building a Baroque character.After the Order was expelled from Malta in 1798, the auberge was used for a number of purposes, housing a military headquarters, an officers' mess, a museum, a school of arts, a courthouse, the General Post Office and various government departments. Until recently, it housed the Malta Tourism Authority, and there are undergoing works of restoration. It is being converted to host the National Museum of Fine Arts, which is known by the name MUŻA.HistoryHospitaller ruleAuberge d'Italie was the third Italian auberge to be built in Malta. The first auberge was built in Birgu in the 1550s, on the site of an earlier building which had been used by the Langue of Italy. Following the transfer of the capital city from Birgu to Valletta, a second auberge was built in the centre of the new city in 1570–71. This building was eventually incorporated into the Grandmaster's Palace, and the present auberge began to be built in Strada San Giacomo (now Merchants Street). The original designs of both Valletta auberges were made by the Maltese architect Girolamo Cassar.
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  • Ticket combined with that of Grandmaster's place. Paintings or engravings related to the history of Malta, but also of the more modern as the exhibition Antonio Scortinio, a sculptor very gifted at making the impression of speed (photo: "the aviator Charles Lindbergh on an eagle")
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  • The former house of the Italian Knights of St John. It is found in Merchant Street. Architecture is from 16th century and is quite stunning. It is now home to the Malta Tourist Authority.  more »
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