Gozo Citadel

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It-Tegha tal-Belt (Castle Hill), Victoria

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Gozo Citadel
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Best for Culture - Expert review of Gozo Citadel

Visit Gozo’s labyrinthine stronghold – at the heart of the island’s history.

Rising out of the centre of Gozo’s capital Victoria (or, to locals, Rabat), the citadel remains much as it did in the time of the Knights of Malta (1530-1798). Gozo’s main defensive stronghold since at least Roman times, the citadel is wonderful to wander around with its tiny alleys, historic buildings and high rampart walls offering panoramic views. Here you will find Gozo’s oldest houses, its cathedral, four small museums (Archaeological, Nature, Folklore and the Old Prions; www.heritagemalta.org), as well as the best Gozitan lunch going (at Ta' Rikardu next to the cathedral). The cathedral audio guide (included in the entry fee of 3 euros between 10am-4.30pm Monday-Saturday,) also gives you a brief guided walk around the rest of the citadel.

Expert tips: 
If it is open (usually between Tuesdays-Saturdays 10am-1pm, entry by donation) drop in to the Gunpowder Magazine, Low Battery and Silos (www.wirtghawdex.org) for a look at a newly renovated corner of the Knights’ fortifications and an unusual chance to go into one of their many grain silos.
Beware the steps up to the citadel when wet – they can be very slippery indeed.
Inside the cathedral, look up at the inside of the dome. Now come outside and look for it. It isn’t there. It’s a trompe l’oeil.

More information on Gozo Citadel:

Price guide:
Free
Type:
Historic site, Neighbourhood / street
Address:
It-Tegha tal-Belt (Castle Hill), Victoria
Months open:
All year round
Indoor/outdoor?:
Both
Free tags / Keywords:
Knights, fortifications, museums

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