View of the Zammitello Palace
|Alternative names||Castello Zammitello|
|Architectural style||Victorian architecture|
The Zammitello Palace, also known as Castello Zammitello (Maltese: Kastell Zamitellu) or Zammitello Tower,[a] is a 19th-century Victorian countryside villa on the outskirts of Mġarr, Malta, on the road leading to Ġnejna. Francis Sant Cassia, the owner of the building, was murdered there in 1988, and it is now used for wedding receptions.
The villa was built by the Sant Cassia family in the early nineteenth century as a honeymoon retreat,:186 in the limits of Mġarr in Malta, although commercial sources claim that it dates back to 1675. The building's owner, Francis Sant Cassia, was murdered there on 27 October 1988, and the family sold it a year later, in 1989. It is now used as a wedding venue.:186
The Zammitello Palace is a 19th-century ornate architectural folly, built in imitation of the Tower of London.:166 Although it resembles a fortification, according to military architecture expert Stephen C. Spiteri, it is "entirely useless from a defensive point of view".
The names given to the building are a misnomer as it is closely comparable to a country house villa, and its outline is a square-shaped residence designed with typical Victorian architecture. It prominently features one roof-level turret and four guerites. The latter have a unique design and were never desirable nor used in Maltese military context. Above the turret sits a Christian cross, in the form of a crucifix.
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- Sometimes also spelt Zamitello or Zamittello
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