The Auberge de Castile et Leon in Auberges is a spectacular site and of great historical importance. As Malta has become a popular tourist destination, so has this landmark.
The building is in Valletta city in Malta. It is currently the Prime Minister’s office.
What to See
The place is known for its Baroque architecture. Being Baroque, it is filled with ornate designs and elaborate decorations. As a historical complex, it also has columns and an ancient cannon still intact. It is also known for its 18th century Maltese Baroque style. The symmetry is also something you will admire.
There are many auberges in the area, but this is the biggest. At the entrance you will see the bust of Grand Master Manoel Pinto de Fonseca, who helped renovate the Auberge de Castile et Leon.
The Knights of St John came to the island in the 1500s. Along the way they constructed the city of Valletta. They also built an inn or auberge for each of the eight knights. These were designed for be homes of the knights.
The inns were also designed for travelers who need a place to stay. This Castille was built to be the seat of the Knights of the Langue of Castille, Leon and Portugal.
The purpose of the knights was to protect Valletta. This Castille was built at the highest peak in the city. Given its vantage point, the knights would be able to get a great perspective of the area. The structure was originally built by Maltese architect Girolamo Cassar in 1574.
In 1741, the complex was extensively renovated. The work has been attributed to Andrea Belli. The 1799–1800 French siege caused some damage to the complex. It also suffered damage during World War II. When the Knights left, the fortress became the base of the French from 1798 to 1800.
Airfare tickets vary depending on which country you are coming from. Fortunately, there are many websites that can book you flights to the country. Travel tour packages abound. Some cost less than 20 Euros per day.
On March 4, 1972, it became the office of the Prime Minister of Malta. It is here in this building that the Prime Minister meets his cabinet every Monday.
The Auberge de Castile et Leon is now an official government building. However, you can still admire its beauty. When you visit, you will still be able to appreciate its beauty.