Bus Route: from Mgarr Harbour - Bus
Victoria is the capital town of
the island of Gozo. The name Victoria, locally known as 'Rabat',
was given to the town in 1887 in honour of the famous British Queen's
Golden Jubilee celebrations. At the same instance, the town was
also raised to the status of a city; then officially known as Citta'
The town of Victoria embraces both the Citadel - the ancient city
of the Island, as well as Rabat - the old suburb of the Citadel.
Rabat in Arabic and Archaic Maltese stands for suburb and this name
was first documented as Rabbatum in a notorial deed drawn by Andrea
de Beniamin on 22nd February 1455.
There are many places of historical and cultural interest in Victoria
and a visit to the Citadel is considered a must. From these fortifications
one can enjoy a superb view of the whole Island. Also within the
Citadel there is the Gozo Cathedral and the Law Courts, as well
as the Cathedral Museum,
the Gozo Museum of Archaeology,
the Folklore Museum, the Citadel Armoury, the Folklore Museum, the
Old Prison, and the Natural Science Museum.
The centre of the capital city of Gozo is Pjazza Indipendenza, known
as it-Tokk. The square is dominated by the Banca Giuratale, built
between 1733 and 1738, formerly the seat of the municipal government
of Gozo and presently of the Victoria Local Council. In the mornings,
there is an open market that shares the square with several open
air cafes. The magnificent St.George's Basilica is located in the
centre of the old town, just off the open air market in Pjazza Indipendenza.
The cobweb of narrow streets around St. George's Basilica are the
oldest in town and are worth a walkaround.
In Triq ir-Repubblika (Republic Street), Victoria's main street,
one can find all kinds of shops, a couple of shopping arcades, pharmacies,
banks, the Police Headquarters, the Bishop's Chancery, as well as
La Stella and Leone Band Clubs who own the Astra and Aurora opera
theatres respectively. In lower Republic Street, one also finds
Villa Rundle Public Gardens which were laid out by the British in
Close to the crossroads is Victoria's main parking area and the
Bus Terminus. Other smaller parking areas are in St George's Square,
Savina Square, St Francis Square and St Augustine Square.