Corte Capitanale Palace
Palazzo Vilhena and Corte Capitanale were both built in the period 1726 – 1728.
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Both buildings are connected but each has their own entrance and building style. Corte Capitanale was designed by the French architect Charles de Mondion in the French baroque style. The balcony above the entrance is decorated with Corinthian and Tuscan Pilasters.
Corte Capitanale was built as a courthouse which can be found seen in the decoration with allegorical statues of justice and mercy in the balcony above the main entrance. The inscription “Legibus et Armis” ( with the help of law and weapons ) is also to be found on the façade indicating the function of the building.
The building contains dungeons and prison cells.
The building is also connected to a loggia from the 17th century, which is known by the name Herald of Loggia, and to a building connected with Xara Palace. Official reports were read from the loggia by the town crier.
The judges fell under the jurisdiction of the Order of St. John, therefore there was an entrance to Palazzo Vilhena. There was also a connection with the Bishop’s Palace gives the church a role in the court.
Civil Commissionner Alexander Ball ended the judicial power of the Corte Capitanale in 1813 because the function was transferred to Castellania in Valletta.
The building then served as the seat of the Capitano della Verga ( authority of the army and naval ).
At present it is in use as the City Hall of Mdina.
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