Views of history from Suite One

Image courtesy of Brian Grech

Image courtesy of Brian Grech

Locanda La Gelsomina is housed in a building bursting with history, and dates as far back as to the 1500s when the Knights of St John had made Birgu their base and the capital of Malta.

On their arrival in Birgu in 1530, the Knights concentrated their main buildings in an area which became known as the Collachio, which Locanda La Gelsomina formed part of.

At the time, Birgu was bursting at the seams with a population of over 3,500, and during their 40-year stay in the hamlet the Knights erected auberges, a state-of-the-art hospital on the outskirts of the Collachio and magnificent palaces, including the Università.

From the balcony of Suite One you can catch a view of the the Università - or Council of Jurors - which at the time was mainly responsible for the provision of essential commodities, mainly grain, for the population of the area. It was established in 1538 after Grand Master D’Homedes did not see eye to eye with the Mdina Jurors.

Step back in time and across 500-years of history. Book your sojourn at La Gelsomina by dropping us an email at