After a devastating earthquake in 1693, much of Malta was rebuilt. One of the prettiest examples is Casa Gourgion. The palace was finished in 1728 and the façade was added much later. Notice the lancet arches, rose windows, carved ornamentation and the coat of arms for the Knights Hospitaller, the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. This form of Neo-gothic design was typically reserved for grand churches. In many ways, Casa Gourgion is equally attractive to the adjacent St. Paul’s Cathedral.