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Vittoriosa (Birgu)

Vittoriosa (Birgu)

Vittoriosa (Birgu) is probably the nicest of the three peninsulas southwards of Valletta. The city was the first settlement around this area. When the Knights of St. John arrived in Malta in 1530 they set up camp in Vittoriosa and started to upgrade the fortifications, including the Fort St. Angelo. After the Great Siege of 1565 they moved to Valletta.

Birgu has nowadays a population of 3000 and the fortifications are as impressive as those of Valletta. Behind every corner you can discover something new. The best way to enter the city is through the ‘Couvre Porte’ which was restored in 2002. Above is a modern gate which breaks through the fortification of the ‘Poste de Provence’ and is used as a road for cars.

At the promenade of the Dockyard Creek there is the San Lawrenz Church, the Maritime Museum, the Casino di Venezia and Birgu Marina (Captains Pal If you follow this way you will get to a small bridge, which is the only connection to the Fort St. Angelo - at least for the moment, because a drawbridge is going to be constructed. The view on Valletta and the Grand Harbor is very nice from the fort.

On the other side of the peninsula there is a nice promenade high above the sea. The view is just fantastic from there on Valletta, Kalkara and the entrance of the Grand Harbor.

The small alleys are wonderful and offer historic scenery. In the centre is the Victory Square (Misrah ir-Rebha). On this square there are two statues. The white statue of St. Lorenz was constructed in 1880 and the green one which is representing the Great Siege of 1565 is known as the Victory Monument and was built in 1705.  

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The only public transport vehicle is the BUS

The bus-system is very easy to understand. A bus always goes two ways, either to Valletta or from Valletta away. In front of the gate of Valletta there is a huge roundabout - that’s the main bus-terminus in Malta. Some buses are also directly linking two cities between the north and south, but most of the buses are stopping in Valletta.

Great Siege 1565 Malta

Karl V., Spanish king and the Kaiser of Germany gave the island of Malta as fiefdom to the Knights Hospitalizes (Knights of St. John) in 1530 with the purpose to use their powers against the godless enemies. The Turks defeated the fleet of Venice which was the biggest at that time in the Mediterranean Sea in 1538. The only galleys that could still endanger the Turks were that of the Knights of St. John. A conflict was inescapable.

Swieqi

Swieqi is a calm and also nice district/village above St. Julians and adjacent to Paceville. From Swieqi you just need between 5 - 15 Minutes by walk to the entertainment centre Paceville or to St. Julians. Swieqi is a nice place to live. Dogs are allowed; almost everybody has at least one. The prices for flats/houses are comparably cheap.




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