Victoria (Rabat)

Sights

Top ChoiceFortress in Victoria (Rabat)

Il-Kastell

While the walls surrounding Il-Kastell date from the 15th century, there have been fortifications atop this flat-topped hill since the Bronze Age: it developed under the Phoenicians and later became a Roman town....

Church in Victoria (Rabat)

Cathedral of the Assumption

Cathedral of the Assumption

Built between 1697 and 1711 to replace a church destroyed by a 1693 earthquake (which was in southern Italy but caused damage as far Gozo), the cathedral was designed by Lorenzo Gafa, also responsible for St...

Museum in Victoria (Rabat)

Heart of Gozo

This innovative small museum was founded by the Fondazzjoni Belt Victoria to exhibit treasures belonging to the Basilica of St George as well as other artefacts, including coins and lamps from the Herod era in...

Museum in Victoria (Rabat)

Archaeology Museum

Victoria's Archaeology Museum houses some incredible finds. There are some 'fat lady' carvings from Ġgantija Temples and Xagħra, around 3000 to 4000 years old. There are also Roman anchors, a 3rd-to-5th-century...

Visitor Centre in Victoria (Rabat)

Ċittadella Visitors' Centre

Inaugurated in mid-2016 as part of the excellent restoration of Victoria's Il-Kastell, this award-winning visitors' centre includes a poignant and informative audiovisual presentation of the history of the site,...

Piazza in Victoria (Rabat)

Pjazza Indipendenza

Victoria's main square hosts a daily market (6.30am to 2pm) and is known throughout the island as It-Tokk (the meeting place). The semicircular baroque building at the western end of the square is the Banca...

Museum in Victoria (Rabat)

Cathedral Museum

This jumble of objects within the Cathedral Museum includes a zucchetto (skull cap) worn by Pope Francis, church gold and silver, some religious art (including a disturbing 19th-century painting depicting the...

Museum in Victoria (Rabat)

Gozo Nature Museum

This gracious old building houses a series of low-key exhibits explaining the geology of the island and its water supply. There are some interesting fossils downstairs, including huge megalodon shark teeth. Parts...

Church in Victoria (Rabat)

Basilica of St George

The well-attended original parish church of Rabat dates from 1678, and the lavish interior contains a fine altarpiece of St George and the Dragon by Mattia Preti. Note that wearing shorts inside the church is not...

Area in Victoria (Rabat)

Il-Borgo

The old town, known as Il-Borgo, is a maze of narrow, meandering alleys around Pjazza San Ġorġ. It's a beguiling place to wander.

Historic Building in Victoria (Rabat)

Old Prison

The Old Prison served as a jail from the late 1500s to 1904, and proved particularly useful for locking up hot-tempered Knights until they cooled off. The cells here once held Jean Parisot de la Valette for a few...

Fortress in Victoria (Rabat)

St John's Demi-Bastion

There is a good panorama from here. Look for the huge dome of the Rotunda at Xewkija, with Comino and Malta in the background; the distant Gothic spire of the church above Mġarr Harbour; the watchtower of Nadur,...

Audiovisual in Victoria (Rabat)

Gozo 360°

Gozo 360° is a 30-minute audiovisual show that gives a good, basic introduction to the island's history and sights before veering off into tourist board–style fluff. Shows are every 30 minutes, and commentary is...

Gardens in Victoria (Rabat)

Villa Rundle Gardens

The Rundle Gardens, south of Triq ir-Repubblika, were laid out around 1914 by General Sir Leslie Rundle (Governor of Malta, 1909–15), and are pleasant and shady for walking around. Occasional concerts and...

Museum in Victoria (Rabat)

Gran Castello Historic House

This folklore museum is a lovely maze of stairs, rooms and courtyards. The fine, rambling old building itself, dating to 1500, houses a collection of domestic, trade and farming implements, which give an insight...

Notable Building in Victoria (Rabat)

Banca Giuratale

The semicircular baroque building at the western end of Pjazza Indipendenza is the Banca Giuratale, built in 1733 to house the city council. After being restored in 2016, it now hosts occasional art and cultural...

Church in Victoria (Rabat)

Church of St Savina

The church was built in the early 20th century, but the site has been used for worship since the 15th century. The altar centrepiece is a 1622 painting of the Virgin Mary.

Church in Victoria (Rabat)

Chapel of St Joseph

Renaissance chapel originally dedicated to St Nicholas. It was built in 1625 on the site of another more simple chapel already dedicated to the saint.

Church in Victoria (Rabat)

Church of St James

Severely damaged during the 1551 corsair raid on Gozo led by Sinam Baxar, this has been rebuilt many times, most recently in the 20th century.