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Facade of the Sacra Infirmeria
Sacra Infirmeria

The size of some of the buildings is truly amazing. One of the largest buildings here is the Sacra Infirmeria, or the Hospital of the Order of St John. Grand Master Jean de la Cassi're ordered the construction of this hospital, which was functioning as early as 1575. It contained six large halls, each with its own altar. Due to the long tradition of hygiene and at times revolutionary medical practices the Sacra Infirmeria achieved the reputation as the foremost hospital of Europe. The main sickbay, the Gran Sala, is 153 x 11 meters (and 10 meters high!) and contained over 600 beds. At present it is fully restored and functions as a state of the art conference centre.

Beneath the Sacra Infermeria is the Knights Hospitaller attraction, which consist of (miniatuur) representations of the Order's medical history.

Grand Master Nicolas Cotoner founded the School of Botany, Anatomy, Medicine and Surgery in 1676 at the Sacra Infermeria.

Further underground are number of excavated corridors to house the sufferers of the plaque. They also functioned as war shelters.

Opening hours
11:00 - 12:00 - 13:00 - 14:00 -  15:00 - 16:00
Weekends & Public Holidays
11:00 - 12:00 - 13:00 - 14:00
Between July and September there are no shows at 14:00 on Sundays.
Last admission

Advice 15 minutes before Start of the movie
Ticket / admission fee

Children (5 - 11 yrs)
€ 6.00
Adults (12+ yrs)
€ 16.00
€ 11.50
Infants (0 - 4 yrs)
€ Free
The prices are inclusive The Malta Experience & Tour of the Sacra Infermeria

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Photo below: The impressive Sacra Infermeria hall.

Photo below: The Sacra Infermeria / Mediterranean Conference Center seen from the Grand Harbor.

Photo below: An impression of the hospital around 1600.

Photo under: A visit to an exhibition is possible.

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