51 THE HOUSE OF FOUR WINDS In 2010, the House of Four Winds was renovated to become the o¬ cial o¬ ces of the chairman of the Bank of Valletta. With outstanding views over Marsamxett Harbour, Manoel Island and Sliema, the building has previously been the workplace of both a variety of Malta’s ministers and parliamentary secretaries. Originating as an army barrack, the building has always been held in high esteem, later becoming a colonial home. Its architecture has remained a focal point throughout its lifetime. Transformed into the stunning building it is today by Malta’s renowned architects and constructional engineers, DeMicoli & Associates, it remains a structure of true architectural beauty. The House of Four Winds, Triq L-Imtiehen, Valletta, Malta THE GRAND MASTER’S PALACE Behind its less elaborate exterior lies the ornate state rooms of the Grand Master’s Palace. Built in the 16th century as a formal residence to the Grand Master’s of the Knights of St. John, the palace has remained Malta’s center of administration for over 350 years. Walls are adorned with several portraits of both the Grand Masters of the Order and European monarchs among original suits of armor. Five of the state rooms are open to the public displaying works such as 17th-century French Gobelins tapestries and oil paintings depicting naval battles and scenes of Africa, Brazil, India and the Caribbean. The palace was the main o¬ ce of Malta’s president up until 2015. The Grand Master’s Palace, 58 Republic Street, Valletta, Malta ST. AUGUSTINE PARISH CHURCH Becoming a parish church in 1968, St. Augustine’s serves a parish population of 1.668 people made up of 650 families across Valletta. Originally built in 1571 by Girolamo Cassar, the resident engineer of the Order of St. John who played a key role in some of Valletta’s fi nest architecture. The church lasted until 1765 and was then rebuilt by Giuseppe Bonnici in a cruciform layout. Still displaying many artefacts from the original church, such as a representation of Mattia Preti’s painting of Augustinian Nicholas of Tolentino. The pipe organ within the church is still used today and was built by Mascioni, one of Europe’s most renowned pipe organ fi rms based in Italy who have been in operation since 1829. St. Augustine Parish Church, Old Bakery Street, Valletta, Malta ST. JOHN’S COCATHEDRAL Malta’s most impressive church was built between 1573 and 1578. The church became the main place of worship for the knights of the time. Its interior was improved in the 17th century and in keeping with baroque style, the rooms inside are an exuberant display of gold, ornate marble fl ooring and stunning, painted arch ceilings. Home to original Caravaggio painting of St. John the Baptist, the church attracts many visitors daily to witness fi rsthand what lies behind its comparatively plain exterior. St. John’s Co-Cathedral, Triq San Gwann, Valletta, Malta NEW PARLIAMENT Made of limestone, concrete and steel, this relatively new building was constructed between 2011 and 2015. The building was designed by Renzo Piano as part of the City Gates project. The entrance to the building holds a permanent exhibition, open to the public, showing the history of Parliament from 1921 to the present day. However, visitors are screened upon entering and there may be time restrictions in place. New Parliament Building, Republic Street, Valletta, Malta Culture Trip inspires people to explore the world’s culture and creativity through innovative technology and a network of local content creators. Their vision is to bring the world to everyone and in doing so bring everyone closer together. Visit www.culturetrip.com to learn more.