Victoria City – Capital of Gozo

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Victoria Panorama in Gozo, Malta
Photo by: Glen Bowman, Creative Commons

Victoria is the capital city of Gozo which is one of the islands in the Republic of Malta located at the Mediterranean Sea. The city has a population of 7,413 and is among the highest populated areas in Gozo. “Rabat” was the original name of the Victoria city and the Gozitans still consider the city’s name as Rabat.

The city features an ancient citadel belonging to the Bronze Age around 1500 BC. It was extended by the Phoenicians and in the Roman period it was the major cities in Malta. The north part of the citadel was built at the time of Aragonese periods and the south block was rebuilt by the Knights of St. John in between the years 1599-1603.

The citadel features a massive stone wall built by the Knights to protect the city from enemies. The St. Paul’s Cathedral lies close to the wall that was built in the 17th century on the site of a ruined temple.

Victoria City is famous for the feasts among them the famous feasts are the St. George’s feast that is devoted to St. Mary and it is celebrated every year in the St. George’s Basilica. Another major feast is celebrated on December 8th at the St. Francis Church that is devoted to the Lady of Divine Grace.

In the present days Victoria City has emerged as one of the major tourist places in Malta. It has immense night life, in addition a number of shopping centers, restaurants, bars and coffee shops are established here.

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