While visiting the Citadel in Rabat, Victoria on Gozo, I found the Archaeological Museum which I was eager to visit. First of all I was delighted that it also gave me information on the geology of Gozo which I needed to know about big time, and then there were other rooms which filled me in on the archaeological finds and the historical past of Gozo. A very informative place. The building itself, on the side of the Cathedral, is housed in a 17th century traditional house. The museum contains a fine collection of artefacts and information about the Prehistory, the Medieval, the Classical, and the Early Modern periods, it is partly because the museum is housed in this traditional townhouse that it becomes and feels authentic, adding to the interest I am sure. It was very special to me because I love to get a feel for the past of a place.
The museum is not very large but it can take quite a while to visit every room and exhibit.
I enjoyed my visit there very much and plan to return there on my next visit to Malta.
Is the first town you come across when you get off the ferry and drove away from the harbour
Victoria the capital of Gozo is not big and nothing much to see around in this capital except you have the good view from the Citadel,
And wandering around to the small alley. Nice to walk through, you'll see sometimes a home of the local which some of it build in a unique style
In this very tight street, cars, garbage car, small truck drive through it, we have seen one small pick-up
truck collecting the empty gas tank on the occupant in the area, wow, what can I say amazing! how they do that
The capital of Gozo the place is located approximately in the middle of the island all the roads and paths in the islands lead to Victoria, the city was formerly called Rabat, which is Arabic for the town in 1897 the name of the town was changed in honor of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria, popularly called the city still Rabat
The center of Victoria consists mainly of narrow streets and some squares on which the daily life of the city takes place, wandering around we've notice that sometimes in a narrow street you will across to a beautiful homes, building, shops and even fairly class boutiques is such amazing place
My tip is quite poor.. We noticed that when visiting the island with hop on hop off, it was quite slow thing to do compared to if we would have had a car.
So we had so little time in Victoria, witch was our last stop, that we saw onlt the centre. It is very small, but I would have liked to see the citadel also, and archeology museum.
So my tip is: If you use hop on hop off, go as early as possible. We were at Mgarr harbour around 11.30 and if I would do this again, I would go much earlier!
The Old town of Victoria - Il Borgo is a confusing maze of narrow streets surrounding the Pjazza San Gorg. These streets are a great place to wander for a few hours as they are lined with shops, cafes and restaurants.
Several of the houses have these niches cut into the corner carrying icons, others have them next to their doors. It was a bit like the Collachio area of Vittoriosa but on a smaller scale. There are also many small dead-end alleys that are lined with potted plants and look very tranquil.
The narrow streets of the old quarter eventually lead you to the Pjazza San Francisk, with its baroque fountain and Franciscan church. There are also a couple of cafe/bars on this square too that we would fancy trying next time (we'd already eaten in the main square by now).
St. Francis Church is located on St. Francis Square in the south-eastern area of Victoria's old town.
St. Francis square is dominated by a baroque fountain, located in front of the church.
The Franciscan order was established in 1492 by Fr. Jacob de Leo, Provincial Minister of the Sicilian Province the Friary in the outskirts of Rabat.
Victoria is the capital of Gozo and has a total population of about 6,000 inhabitants.
The town is often called by the locals with the old name of Rabat given by the Arabs (in Arabic and archaic Maltese Rabat means "suberb"), as Victoria was the name given in 1887 by the British.
Located on a hill near the centre of the island, Victoria is dominated by the Citadel with the beautiful Cathedral, a baroque masterpiece of the Maltese architect Lorenzo Gafa’.
Victorio is the capital of Gozo and its Citatel on the hill can be seen from (almost) all around. Victoria was earlier named Rabat which just means city or suburb. It was renamed to Victoria in 1897 in the honour of Queen Victoria.
Unfortunately we had only little time to stroll around the city. We mainly visited the Citadel and the church, but could get some impression on the old town with its small streets, really nice!
The interior of the Basillica, as St Georges is known, is said to be lavish - we didn't go in the doors were closed - but we could get a look at the carving on them though! Feast day here is the third Sunday in July.
Didn't spend a lot of time in Rabat itself - we wandered around the central "Il-Tokk" the meeting place with its little bars and shops with a maze of little streets radiaiting off from it. This was clearly seen from the citadel ramparts. The red dome belongs to the church of St George.