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Welcome to Palazzo Falson, the former home of Capt Olof Frederick Gollcher OBE (1889-1962), the son of a prosperous shipping merchant of Swedish descent.  Gollcher was an artist, scholar and philanthropist, but also a discerning collector of objets d’art and historical objects.  Palazzo Falson was not only his home, but also a setting for his works of art and antiques.  Here he spent many happy years constantly adding to and rearranging his collections.  After Gollcher’s death in 1962, the house and its contents eventually passed into the hands of The Captain O. F. Gollcher OBE Art and Archaeological Foundation.

In 2001 Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti (Maltese Heritage Foundation) entered into a management agreement with the Gollcher Foundation, and proceeded to restore the palazzo and all its contents to their former glory, thus fulfilling Gollcher’s wish by bringing to the general public this unique and extraordinary treasure-trove.

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Palazzo Falson is a typical two-storey medieval palace fashioned on Sicilian examples of its period, and is one of the imposing Palazzi built by the Sicilian, Spanish and local nobility in Mdina. The Palazzo consists of a series of rooms wrapped around an internal courtyard, and an overlying piano-nobile which contained the original living quarters. It was originally a one-storey high courtyard house, with the set of rooms at the back of the courtyard forming the oldest part of the building, and dating back to the 13th century. The ground floor, which was used as a store or stables, underwent other modifications in the early modern period. Palazzo Falson also contains a number of features from different subsequent historical periods and styles.

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