This old botanical garden built by and for the Grand Masters of the Order of St John surrounds a palace.It housed Grand masters, British Governors and currently the Maltese President in the hot summer months. No wonder. The gardens are quiet, peaceful, cool and enchanting. The President's kitchen garden is now open to the public and an original water reservoir which was used as a swimming pool by the British is now a haven for water fowl. A very small chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Pilar adjoins the Palace and was open to the public when I visited. The chapel is adorned with symbols of the Order. Very camera friendly place. Be careful of the uneven walk way paving slabs. I don't think they've been leveled since Grand Master Antoine De Paul first walked on them although it does add to the charm of the place.
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