Villa Bighi

Maria1606

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Villa Bighi , Malta
Fra Giovanni Bichi, bought a piece of land and built a Villa for his own use, after his retirement. Fra Giovanni Bichi was a nephew of Fabio Bichi, later Pope Alexander VII , who was in Malta as an Inquisitor from 1634 till 1639. Bichi was in the naval service of the Order of St John. The plan of the villa was designed by the celebrated architect Lorenzo Gafa of Vittoriosa and the building was initiated around 1675.
When Great Britain assumed the protection of theses islands in 1800, the Villa passed into the hands of the Civil Government. It was Lord Nelson himself who suggested to Their Lordships at the Admiralty in London that Bighi would make a good hospital. In 1827, during the Battle of Navarino, many injured from the British and Russian fleets were transferred to Malta. It was King George IV who gave permission to the Admiralty so that a hospital could be then constructed for the fleet’s requirements. Thus the site was taken over, including Villa Bichi. Then on March 23rd, 1830, when Major General Fred Cavendish Ponsoby was Governor of Malta, Vice Admiral Sir P. Malcolm laid the foundation stone of the new hospital at Bighi.
In September 1970, Bighi Hospital had its doors shut for the last time.

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