September 27, 2012

Palazzo Falson

Palazzo Falson was originally a one-storey high courtyard house that was built around the first half of 13th century on the remains of an even earlier structure known as La Rocca.  This area has also been associated with a synagogue and there is a strong verbal tradition which holds that the refectory and kitchen area of the house were part of the synagogue structure where the Mdina jewish community worshipped.
Palazzo Falson was inhabited by the de Falsone family and today is a unique palace-museum preserving an extensive collection of art. There are a number of 17th century paintings in this collection, including one by Mattia Preti, and others attributed to David Teniers the Younger, Nicolas Poussin and Bartolomé Esteban Murillo.
The silver collection includes more than 800 items, and includes some noteworthy and significant pieces of Maltese, Continental and British silver.
An extensive collection of arms is on display in the Armoury, the walls of which are hung with an interesting array of swords, polearms, pistols and guns.
The library at the Palazzo boasts over 4,500 books consisting mainly of historical titles and renowned literary works in various languages.  Some highly valuable manuscripts can also be found in this collection.
More than 80 Oriental rugs make up this collection, hailing from different areas such as Azerbaijan, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan, most of which are displayed in the Carpet Gallery.

For more info:     

The Courtyard

The Artist's Studio

The Library

The Kitchen

The Old Arch

No comments: