A general photo of St George’s Square
St George’s Square
St George’s Square, or Palace Square, is flanked by two important buildings, the Main Guard, built during the British rule in Malta, and the Grand Master’s Palace, built during the time of the Knights of Malta. The Main Guard is not open for the public, since government entities are housed there. The Main Guard was used by the British cavalry.
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The square is made into a pedestrian zone and is equipped public wifi, benches and with a water organ, hidden in the pavement. This water organ synchronises music with water spouting up. Every hour at the hour it plays a Maltese waltz, composed by Charles Camilleri.
A glass panel covers a slab of stone with a hole in it. In this stone, a wooden pole was placed, to be used during the carnival games of ‘Kukkanja’ in the Knights’ period.
The participants’ goal was to climb the pole to catch the prizes on top of the pole, such as wine or delicacies. The main prize was the flag and those who were able to snatch the flag from the top of the pole could expect a great financial reward and were allowed to call themselves ‘Kukkanja’ for a year. To make it more competitive, the pole was greased.
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