Cittadella (Victoria - Gozo)
Cittadella (Victoria - Gozo) is part of the Tentative list of Malta in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.
The Citadel is located on a hilltop north of the city centre of Victoria on the island of Gozo. The hill has been inhabited since the Bronze Age and became the administrative centre of the island in Phoenician and Roman times. During the medieval period the hill was converted into a castle. The most important landmark is the Cathedral of the Assumption built at the end of the 17th century.
Map of Cittadella (Victoria - Gozo)Load map
The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.
The Cittadella is a tiny walled city in the center of Victoria, the main city on the island of Gozo. However, most houses inside the walls have been abandoned and torn down, so only the church and a few other houses are standing. What is mostly intact are the defensive structures, with large walls, bastions and gun platforms. While there are a number of small museums and attractions inside the cittadella, the best thing to do is walk around the ramparts and enjoy the view. You can see almost the entire island from there.
The biggest problem for the cittadella nomination is that the Mdina tentative site is quite similar, but better. Mdina is bigger, more complete, more beautiful and has more history. While there is nothing fundamentally wrong with the cittadella, Mdina is just the better choice for a WHS site.
Visited in April 2019.
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1998 Added to Tentative List
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