450 years after this epic battle took place, Heritage Malta will be once more engaging worldwide interest on the Maltese Islands, through the spectacular international exhibition ‘1565 – The Great Siege of Malta’.

Offical poster - lower resolutionHosted at the Grand Master’s Palace in Valletta, under the patronage of HE, the President of Malta, this exhibition will be presenting over 150 objects which have been carefully selected from Malta and abroad to narrate this legendary saga.

Among the distinguished local exhibits, visitors will be able to see original correspondence of Christian spies on the Great Siege, documentation concerning women and children who took part in the conflict, the diary of Balbi di Correggio who participated in this battle as an arquebusier, armour worn by Grand Master Jean de Valette and by the Ottoman Spahi, fire arms which were used by corsairs, and a slave chain donated by a man who succeeded to return safely to Malta after he was taken as a slave by the Ottomans.

Moreover, this exhibition will also include a number of artefacts from international institutions such as: Grand Master’s L’Isle Adam’s eight pointed cross, several parts of decorated armour that will be amalgamated with their counterpart components from the Palace Armoury for the first time after 200 years, and the helmet of Emperor Charles V. These objects and others have been brought to Malta from the Kunsthistorisches Museum of Austria, the Kremlin Museums in Russia, Palazzo Venezia in Rome, the Order of St John’s Museum in Clerkenwell, the Royal Armouries of Leeds, and the Royal Artillery Museum of Woolwich.

A highlight of the exhibition will be located within the Throne Room, whereby through an array of high-end visual equipment and projections, the magnificent D’Aleccio frescoes will be brought to life and visitors will be able to immerse themselves back in time, in order to experience virtual moments from the Great Siege. A show not to be missed!

The exhibition will be accompanied with a full colour catalogue available from the museum shop.


Heritage Malta’s exhibition ‘1565 – The Great Siege of Malta’ is being held in collaboration with Malta Libraries. It will be open to the public from 5 September to 6 December 2015.

Opening Times: Monday to Friday 10.00 – 16.30hrs (last admission at 16.00hrs); Saturday and Sunday 09.00 – 16.30hrs (last admission at 16.00hrs). 

Tickets: Adults €15; Seniors/ Students €10; Children (12-15 years) €5; Children (11 years and under) – Free; Sunday Family Ticket €20 (Admits 2 Adults and up to 3 children). Heritage Malta Members – Free.  

More information about this exhibition is available on Heritage Malta’s Great Siege blog www.heritagemalta.org/1565


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