The Splendor of Maltese Palaces- Palazzo Parisio
Justifiably described as “a miniature Versailles”, Palazzo Parisio is a historic palace at the heart of the Maltese village of Naxxar, facing the baroque parish church dedicated to Our Lady in Victory Square. Now the home of the prominent, long-established and ennobled Scicluna family, in its time it has been the residence of the most popular Grand Master of the Knights of St John (the “Knights of Malta”), of Sicilian and Maltese nobility, and temporarily of the local Jesuit community.
Behind its relatively modest façade is a sumptuous and flamboyant chateau that has been constantly developed and lavishly decorated across the centuries in exuberant style by the finest and most eminent craftsmen of the time.
Today it stands painstakingly restored to follow exactly the inspirational designs of the first Marquis Scicluna, the island’s foremost philanthropist, who turned the palazzo into a beautiful country home for a noble family at the height of the Victorian era.
The interiors are rich with fine frescoes, magnificent marble, mirrored walls, trompes de l’oeil, rare paintings and extravagant gilding. The internationally recognized landscaped gardens, which are acclaimed as being among the finest in Europe, further reflect the splendour of this gracious home.
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