Malta7, Naxxar Palazzo Parisio1

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YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THIS PRESENTATION HERE: http://www.slideshare.net/michaelasanda/malta7-naxxar1 Thank you! Palazzo Parisio is located in the heart of Naxxar, just opposite the church. Palazzo Parisio was built in the 19th century by Marquis Giuseppe Scicluna as his own private residence, with lavish artistic designs, decorated ceilings and murals, rare objects d’art, refined architecture and charming gardens. The Ballroom of Mirrors has an elaborate and lively style, making it an ideal location for weddings and other important events.

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Malta 7 Palazzo Parisio Naxxar 1

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Malta faced a turning-point in its architectural history when the Knights of St John occupied the islands in 1530. For the first time ever, European building styles were introduced on a grand scale in Malta. With the help of Italian engineers and architects, the Order of St. John founded today's capital Valletta in 1566 and built the impressive fortifications around the Grand Harbour. When the economy recovered at the end of the 17th century, Malta enjoyed a second building boom with architects like Charles Francois de Mondion and Romano Carapecchia being brought over to update the plain Mannerist style to the more ornate Baroque style

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Naxxar is a village in the central north of Malta, with a population of about 13,319 people. The Naxxar Church is dedicated to Our Lady of Victories

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Palazzo Parisio is located in the heart of Naxxar, just opposite the church. Palazzo Parisio was built in the 19th century by Marquis Giuseppe Scicluna as his own private residence, with lavish artistic designs, decorated ceilings and murals, rare objects d’art, refined architecture and charming gardens. The Ballroom of Mirrors has an elaborate and lively style, making it an ideal location for weddings and other important events. The splendid gardens are the only private gardens in Malta that are open to visitors. They have a classic baroque style that combines symmetry and Mediterranean flowers all year long.

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Palazzo Parisio Entrance Guiseppe Scicluna, a banker and financier was a noted philanthropist, a President of the Maltese Camera Pontificia

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The entrance hall

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The entrance hall

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The entrance hall

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The entrance hall

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The four marble statues in the entrance hall symbolize the four seasons

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The entrance hall

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The Main Hallway

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The Main Hallway

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The Main Hallway

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The works on this palace started in 1898 and was completed in 1906. The Main Hallway

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The Main Hallway The marble is superb and vast and was shipped over from Carrara and Siena in Italy, the beautiful light fittings were made in Murano and superby designed furniture was made for each and every room.

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Entrance halls ceiling

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Entrance hall ceiling

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Entrance halls ceiling

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Entrance halls ceiling

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Entrance hall ceiling

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Entrance halls ceiling

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Entrance halls ceiling

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Grand Staircase

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Going up the staircase one will notice the longest piece of single marble coping in Malta. There is an amusing story related to this piece of marble. The first time it was shipwrecked between Italy and Malta, the second, as it was being carried up the stairs was dropped and it broke in half, third time lucky the British artillery were called in to insure the transport with the help of forty mules! Grand Staircase

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The armoury

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The armoury

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The three paintings above the doors symbolises when Napoleon was here briefly in the 1800’s, when St. Paul was shipwrecked and the famous great siege of 1565 Saint Paul's voyage and shipwreck

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The floor design was inspired from a floor in the Vatican

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The Red Room (Sala Lombarda)

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The Red Room (Sala Lombarda)

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The Red Room (Sala Lombarda)

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The Red Room (Sala Lombarda)

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The Red Room (Sala Lombarda)

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The Red Room (Sala Lombarda)

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The Red Room (Sala Lombarda) The walls are not damask or wallpaper but in fact hand painted. The two paintings either side of the mirror are by Maltese artist Francesco Zahra.

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The Pompeian Dinning Room

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The Pompeian Dinning Room The tablemats and napkins are Maltese lace

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The Pompeian Dinning Room The two paintings either side symbolise Neapolitan life. The English company royal Doulton designed the dinner service for the Marquis

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The bedroom Hand painted walls; the fringing work is stucco. Mosaic floor

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The bedroom Hand carved furniture imported from Milan, designed specifically for the likes of the Marquis

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The family chapel

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The family chapel 19 th century Italian prie-Dieu (kneeling pews) with matching chairs inlaid with ivory The altar had belonged to the Spanish Grand Master of the Order of St.John Nicolas Cotoner

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The Marquis' Study The walls are hand-painted

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The Marquis' Study Giuseppe Scicluna, Corinne Abela Pulis

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The Marquis' Study The deep fringing going around the room is all stucco (gypsum) work. In the four corners on this ceiling symbols of four continents

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The Marquis' Study

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The Billiard Room has hand painted walls

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The Music Room

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The LadiesMusic Room This is the only room which has silk moire on walls. Every piece of furniture has a symbol of a musical instrument on it as do the corners of the ceiling. The baroque fireplace is Carrara marble

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The Ladies Music Room Ceiling

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The Music Room The Ladies Music Room The floor mosaic has the eight-pointed Maltese cross

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The Ballroom

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The Ballroom was designed in honour of the Order of St. John. On either side of the chandeliers on the ceiling are the symbols of astrology and science, music, poetry and art, and lastly the nautical one.

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Text: Internet Pictures: Internet Sanda Foişoreanu Gabriela Cristescu Copyright: All the images belong to their authors Presentation: Sanda Foişoreanu www.slideshare.net/michaelasanda Sound: Mary Spiteri - Adagio - Malta Song 2010

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