Knights of St. John

By / 19th January, 2018 / News / Off

Knights of St. John

Julesy’s BnB (a licensed guesthouse) is located in the historic Three Cities, which surrounds Malta’s Grand Harbour . This very region was the first home to the Knights of St. John, whom ruled Malta for 250 years.

Knights

The opportunity exists to visit and stay exactly where the Knights of St. John initially based themselves.

Facade

The property itself (c1750) has been beautifully restored to its former glory, albeit with today’s modern conveniences. The luxuriously appointed rooms are actually named after relevant Knights Hospitaller, being:

Lascaris Suite:        

Lascaris

Named after the 57th Grand Master Fra’ Jean-Paul de Lascaris-Castellar (in office 1636-1657), a French born, Italian nobleman who died in 1657 and rests in the Saint John’s Co-Cathedral in Malta’s capital city Valletta. During Lascaris’s tenure, he famously created a series of fortification towers around the island of Malta, with the vast majority of these still standing today. More about Lascaris can be found via this link.

Cotoner Suite:         

Cotoner

Named after the 60th Grand Master Fra’ Raphael Cotoner (in office 1660-1663) and the 61st Grand Master Fra’ Nicolas Cotoner (in office 1663-1680). During Raphael’s tenure, an Italian artist commenced his work with the St.John’s Co-Cathedral, where Raphael was laid to rest in 1663. Raphael’s brother Nicolas succeeded him, and continued the redecorating efforts in the St.John’s Co-Cathedral, where he was laid to rest in 1680. During the tenure of Nicolas, the Cottonera Lines were constructed to protect the Three Cities, which could accommodate 40,000 people.

Zondadari Suite:     

Zondadari

Named after the 65th Grand Master Fra’ Marc’Antonio Zondadari (in office 1720-1722). Zondadari, born in Siena (Italy) in 1658 was actually a Prince of the Church, in which today titled as Cardinal. In 1722, the village of Bormla (where Julesy’s BnB is) was renamed and declared to be the City of Cospiua during Zondadri’s tenure. Whilst his resting place lies within the St. Johns Co-Cathedral (in a magnificent monument), much to the dismay of the Maltese, his heart was buried in his native Siena.

Manoel Suite:           

Manoel

Named after the 66th Grand Master Fra’ Antonio Manoel de Vilhena (in office 1720-1722). A Portuguese nobleman, also a Prince of the Church was very popular with the Maltese people, which was unlike a number of previous Grand Masters. Manoel founded Floriana and constructed both Fort Manoel and the Manoel Theatre which both stand today and are very popular tourist attractions. He was laid to rest in the St. John’s Co-Cathedral in 1736.

Pinto Suite: (available late 2018)             

Named after the 68th Grand Master Fra’ Manuel Pinto de Fonseca (in office 1741-1773). A former Knight of Lange in Portugal, Pinto was elected as both a Prince of the Church and the Grand Master in 1741. Pinto renamed the town of Qormi in his own name, being the City of Pinto. Whilst Pinto’s method of appropriating revenue in Malta was not too favorable, he did mange to establish what is now known as the University of Malta, along with Malta’s 1st printing press being built during his tenure. Pinto managed to complete the construction of the Auberge de Castille (now the Office of the Prime Minister), which adorns his bust and arms on its façade. “Pinto’s Wharf” (part of Valletta’s marina) is where still stands 19 storehouses which Pinto had built. Today these are quality restaurants and offices.

Malta’s rich history also extends far beyond the Knights of St. John period, with temples dating as far back as 3,600 BC, pre-dating Egypt’s pyramids and Britain’s Stonehenge by over 1,000 years.

Hypogeum

At Julesy’s BnB, we offer over 45 excursions and private tours to make the most of your time in Malta.

Map

Visit our website for more information, noting rooms can be booked via this link.

Look forward to having you here as our guest.

Best regards,
Julie & Glen

Happy New Year

By / 2nd January, 2018 / News / Off

Happy New Year!!!

We would like to wish all our guests, past & future, a wonderful Happy New Year – may 2018 be a fantastic year for you and your loved ones. If you have never stayed with us at Julesy’s BnB before, why not make it a New Year’s resolution to book a stay with us this year?

With Valletta being the 2018 European Capital of Culture, there is an overwhelming amount of events to partake.

So, stop reading; book a flight; and then book your accommodation right here.

The Nutcracker

By / 6th December, 2017 / News / Off

The Nutcracker

Friday the 15th of December 2017 sees “The Nutcracker”, performed live in St George’s Square, Valletta.

Under the direction of Armenian conductor Sergey Smbatyan, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing an extensive selection of music from this heart warming ballet. The orchestra will also be performing Mendelssohn’s famous Overture to a Midsummer Night’s Dream and his only Violin Concerto, for which it will be joined by the internationally acclaimed young violinist Esther You.

There’s still time to take advantage of a low-priced airfare and stay with us here at Julesy’s BnB.

Christmas Markets

By / 6th December, 2017 / News / Off

Christmas Market

While there are plenty well known Christmas Markets in mainland Europe, Malta too also has one that’s not to be missed.

From the 7th to the 12th of December, is a 6-day event transforming Rabat’s historic core into a Christmas wonderland. Around 80 stalls will form Malta’s largest Christmas Market, while historic building will be hosting various Christmas-related activities, such as the Nativity Trail within the Franciscan Friary’s Secret Garden, the Natalis Notabilis Crib Exhibition located in a 500 year old convent, Ta’ Gieżu Church will be hosting a number of choir festivals. A new drama production, ‘Scrooged’ will be held at 18th Century Palazzo Xara.

Entrance to the Christmas Market is FREE.

There’s still time to take advantage of a low-priced airfare and come and stay with us, here at Julesy’s BnB. 🙂

Bitcoin Accepted Here

By / 28th November, 2017 / News / Off

Bitcoin Now Accepted!

We are pleased to announce we now accept Bitcoin.

Simply book your stay with us as per usual via this link and pay with Bitcoin using our below Bitcoin Address:
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Julesy’s BnB – keeping up with today’s world. 🙂