Palazzo Bichi - Villa Bighi Malta - The Best Mobile Map and Guide Tool if you visit Malta! Home icon Places of Interest icon
Text to Speech, Home Icon
Icon of Malta Map Places of interest
Menu places of interest Malta
Book you trip Icon menu
Back icon,
Go to content
Buildings Palazzo Bichi - Villa Bighi
Palazzo Bichi

The history of this hill within the Salvatore Hill goes back to the Phoenician period in Malta. British archeologists found four Egyptian limestone stilts here, which can now be seen in the British Museum.

App info: In our app you will find the location, address, opening hours and admission / entrance fee of this spot. If you use the app, you will find additional information and news about this spot on this page.

Palazzo Bichi was commissioned by Fra. Giovanni Bichi after a design by Lorenzo Gafà in 1675. Fra. Giovanni Bichi was the cousin of Pope Alexander VII.

This building is also known as Palazzo Bichi or later by the British called Villa Bighi.
Even before the building was ready, it was transferred to his cousin Fra. Mario Bichi, who was a member of the Order of St. John.

Fra. Mario Bichi then sold the building to Fra. Giovanni Sigismondo, who was a bailiff. The Palazzo was named Palazzo Salvatore and Gardens.

Fra.Giovanni Sigismondo became the Count of Schaesberg in 1712 and immediately sold the Palazzo to Fra. Giovanni Bichi (Not the aforementioned eponymous), who continued to live there until his death in 1712.

The building was then used for quarantine purposes for much respected people with communicable diseases such as the plague, (14th to 19th century in Europe) which resulted in many victims.

Villa Bighi Hospital

In 1800 the British period came and the Pallazzo and its gardens were designated as the location for a naval hospital.

In 1830 permission was given for the construction of Royal Navy Bighi Hospital.

The building was designed by Saverio Scerri, the eldest son of the architect family Scerri. UnFortunately, Saverio died before the Hospital was finished in 1832.

The foundation stone of this 200-bed hospital was laid by Vice Admiral Sir Pulteney Malcolm on March 23, 1830. The hospital has an eastern and a western wing and three separate buildings, all made with high ceilings and in the modern Doric style.

The hospital was also named Villa Bighi. To avoid confusion, we name the Villa Bighi Hospital.

In 1863 the son of Queen Victoria, Prince Alfred, fell ill. It turned out to be typhus. After a one-month stay he was able to leave the hospital having recovered.

In 1901 and 1903 some buildings were added for the surgical and special diseases department.

The hospital played an important role when it came to people who needed treatment and who were in the Mediterranean and they were brought up to the hospital via the water lift.

In particular during the First World War Malta was known colloquially as "the nurses of the Mediterranean" (also read the marker in this app about the Malta Old Railway, which transported the sick).
As the hospital was close to areas with a predominantly military background, the hospital was also hit by heavy bombing by the Germans and Italians. Various buildings were destroyed, and patients, nurses and doctors killed.

The hospital has been closed since 1970 and various institutions have used it as housing.

Opening hours
Not open to the public / no entry
Address and street / location can be found on our map, click on Guide in the menu bar and you will get a map with markers.
Book: Buy tickets for place of interest. sights, hop on hop off buses, exhibitions, safari, etc or book and tour.
Additional information

Hospital lift.

This Villa Bighi page is part of “The Malta Magazine”.

This magazine is for every resident and visitor to the country of Malta. But is also educational and for anyone interested in Malta.  The Malta Magazine highlights the past and present of specific subjects and/or places of interest with the help of extensive information and photos.

As a tool during your journey of discovery through Malta, you can use our information services free of charge. You can do this in two ways, via our website or our app depending on your operating system, Google Play or Apple Store. Both give you the same information.

“The Malta magazine” is the best, ultimate and most comprehensive magazine you can get of Malta.

The magazine is growing fast and will soon contain more than 350 interesting topics.

Find and discover interesting sights and discover the many historical secrets of the country Malta. Find all things to do and places of interest in your exploration.

“The Malta magazine” is also convenient whether you are walking, driving a car, or using the hop-on and hop-off bus trip, boat trip, etc.

“The Malta magazine” provides you with general information about the sights, Malta’s beauty, secrets, history and culture, its architecture, fortifications, etcetera and specific information as: what took place here?; When was it built and by whom?; What are the functions of all these.

“The Malta magazine” describes also religious subjects, museums, parks, places of interest, public toilets and much more useful information. Interesting texts set up by local experts and additional informative photos make this app distinctive.

“The Malta magazine” answers many questions and shows in an easy way to navigate way where the sights are located. A great landmap and citymap made specifically for you, is a great tool. You can immediately see where you are and where the sights are.

In this "Malta Magazine" you will find the location, address, opening hours and admission / entrance fee, general additional information and news about the spot.

Everything in “The Malta magazine” is easy to operate, without any knowledge and suitable for young and old.

“The Malta magazine” is free while you normally would pay for a guided tour, you may enjoy navigating through Malta on your own terms.

“The Malta magazine”  is constantly maintained about: attractions which are closed due to renovation, changed entrance fees or opening times, etc. This maintenance costs a lot of money. However, it has been decided not to include annoying advertisements. The “The Malta magazine” has no hidden costs.

The skillfielly texts are written by local experts and additional informative photos make  “The Malta magazine” information provision distinctive.
Back to content