The Inquisitors Palace, Vittoriosa, Malta

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The Inquisitors Palace, Vittoriosa, Malta


In the mid 1500, the Protestant faith was gaining ground on the alternative Catholic view and becoming popular across Europe.  In an attempt to quell the rise of Protestants, the Catholic Church established the Inquisition, also known as the Holy Office.


In 1562, the office of Inquisitor was established in Malta and given to the then Bishop, Domenico Cubelles, although it was not officially established until 1574 and continued for over two centuries until 1798.


The Palace was built in around 1530 and originally served as the Law Courts for the Knights of Malta and is located in the town of Birgu (Vittoriosa).  The Palace became a military hospital during the two years of French occupation and later a mess house for the British military.


The Inquisitors Palace in Birgu is the only building of its type to be open to the public in the world and is now the Malta National Museum of Ethnography which focuses on the religious values and traditions of the Maltese people.  Even if this does not interest you, the Palace is well worth a visit from an architectural point of view.



Main Gate Street, Birgu, Malta


Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday:  0900 - 1700

Last admission: 1630

Closed: 24, 25 & 31 December, 1 January, Good Friday






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