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Citadel

4.6/5
10 Reviews
MuseumCastle
Open Open from 9:00am-5:00pm
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 1-3 hours
Address: Victoria, Victoria, Island of Gozo, Malta
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Phone: +356 2156 3344/2156 3355

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Cittadella is the Victoria Castle on the island of Gozo, Malta. The area has been inhabited since the Bronze Age, and the place occupied by Cittadella is considered to be the acropolis of the Gallic or Glaucus in the Roman city of Carthage. During the Middle Ages, the Acropolis was transformed into a castle as a refuge for the population of Gozo. In the 15th century, the city walls expanded beyond the suburbs. This area has now become the historical core area of Victoria. The castle’s defenses were already weak in the 16th century. In 1551, the Ottoman army invaded Gozo and ransacked Cittadella. Between 1599 and 1622, the southern city wall of Cittadella was rebuilt and transformed into a gunpowder fortress. The northern city wall remained unchanged and still retains the medieval style. The reconstruction of the fortress was criticized at the time, so in the 17th and 18th centuries, plans to demolish the entire castle were made many times, but never implemented. Cittadella Castle played no defensive role during the French invasion and the subsequent 1798 uprising. In 1868, he was declared retirement by the British. The castle has been included in Malta’s UNESCO World Heritage List since 1998. Churches and other historic buildings can be seen in Cittadella Castle, including the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin, built on the site of an earlier church between 1697 and 1711. The castle is the highest point on the north side of Victoria City, standing on the castle can overlook the entire Victoria City.

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