Auberge de Castille

The Auberge of Castille and Leon, is the largest and perhaps the finest of all the Auberges. Its head was the Grand Chancellor of the Order of St. John. The Auberge was built by the renowned Maltese architect Girolamo Cassar in 1574 and extensive reconstruction were carried out by Maltese architect, Andrea Belli, in 1744. Following the departure of the Knights of St. John, the Auberge de Castille served as the headquarters of the French occupation forces, between 1798 and 1800, and as British Army Headquarters after 1800. It became the Office of the Prime Minister in 1972.