Building - Palazzo Falson
Palazzo Falson is also known as Norman house.
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The palace was built in medieval times, around 1495. It is a typical two-story medieval palace, based on contemporary Sicilian samples.
In this aristocratic mansion you will be able to see how the Maltese nobility lived and admire a fine collection of art, ceramics, paintings, lithographs, weaponry and other antiques.
Palazzo Falson was the former home of Captain Olof Frederick Gollcher (OBE), who lived from 1889 to 1962.
He came from a wealthy family from Sweden, shipping merchants. Olof Gollcher lived in Palazzo Falson, a place which he called home to himself and his rich collections of art, antiques, silver, numismatics, original manuscripts and armour.
Besides that he was a scholar, artist and above all a philanthropist. He was not an untalented painter himself and he amused his friend with his Pipe Club. In 1937 he received his O.B.E.
It was his wish to have his collections and house preserved for future enjoyment and had set up a foundation for this purpose, the Gollcher Foundation.
In 2001 the Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malta, the Maltese Heritage Foundation signed an agreement with the Gollcher Foundation to not only restore the palazzo and its collections, but also manage the house as a museum.
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