Did you know that right beside the Capua hospital is an elegant palazzo? Palazzo Capua back in the day was a residence to the Marchese A. Mattei, but there’s more to the gorgeous building’s story.
A local posted before and after shots of the palazzo in a popular Sliema group that are truly striking, showing the Palazzo years ago in comparison to nowadays. The first shot shows Palazzo Capua in 1900. It was reportedly built by a certain local banker and shipper named Biagio Tagliaferro – a Genoan by birth but a settler in Malta. Later on, in the 19th century, Carlo de Bourbon, Prince of Capua resided there along with his wife Penelope.
The second photo shows the palace nowadays. The building itself has since been turned into a boutique hotel by AX, while the adjacent St James Capua Hospital (which takes its name after this building) was built on the site of the palace’s former gardens.
Twanny Theuma via Sliema Past Times / Facebook