This palace has been in service for a long time and has been taken care of. Initially built as a summer residence for Grandmaster Verdala, it was used by the Governors under British rule and nowadays by Maltese presidents. The trees look so small in the painting, nowadays they're so grown that one cannot take a decent picture of the palace with them in the way!
Il-pittura originali fil-lunetta
Original painting in the lunette
Kif pittirt ix-xena jiena
My interpretation of the scene
Il-Palazz Verdala llum minn angolu iehor imma li juri kemm lahqu kibru s-sigar
Another angle today showing the extent of growth of foliage