Featured Hotels In and around Gozo Island.
Gozo one of the most untouched and unique islands in the Mediterranean.
Featured Hotels In and around Gozo Island
My Choice - Victoria, Capital of Gozo: 3 beautiful Arias
1. Casta Diva from the Opera Norma by Bellini sung by Maria Callas
2. La Vergine Degli Angeli from the Opera La Forza del Destino by Verdi, sung by Mirusia Louwerse with André Rieu's Orchestra.
3. O Mio Babbino Caro from the opera Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini, sung by Montserrat Caballé.
All photos were taken by Choy Hong (Jasmine Grech)
VICTORIA or RABAT
Victoria, or Rabat, is the capital of Gozo, (known as Ghawdex in Maltese), an island of the Maltese archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea. The town has a total population of 6,500 and by population is the largest locality in Gozo.
Victoria is the name given in 1897 by the British government on the occasion of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, at the request of the Bishop of Malta, Mons. Sir Pietro Pace. However Gozitans still often refer to it by its old name, Rabat. The area around Victoria, situated on a hill near the centre of the island, has been settled since Neolithic times.
In the heart of Victoria lies the Citadella (Citadel), which has been the centre of activity of the island since possibly Neolithic times, but is known to be first fortified during the Bronze Age approximately around 1500 BC. It was later developed by the Phoenicians and continued into becoming a complex Acropolis by Roman times.
The north side of the Citadel dates back to the Aragonese domination period, while the south flank, overlooking Victoria, was re-constructed under the Knights of St. John, namely between 1599 and 1603 The massive defensive stone walls of the fortifications rise above the town and were built by the Knights to protect the village communities from foraging corsairs attempting to take slaves and threatened invasion of Moslem forces.
Within its walls lies a fine 17th century baroque Cathedral designed by Lorenzo Gafà, the Maltese architect who also built the Cathedral of Mdina. It is said that it lies on the site where a Roman temple dedicated to Juno once stood. It is most famous for the remarkable trompe l'oeil painting on its ceiling, which depicts the interior of a dome that was never built.
Victoria is home to three football clubs, SK Victoria Wanderers, Victoria Hotspurs F.C and Oratory Youths, and two well equipped gyms.
Feasts of Victoria, Gozo
The main feasts in Victoria are the feast of St. George, one of the patron saints of Gozo, celebrated in St. George's Basilica in the heart of Victoria and the feast of Assumption of the Virgin Mary celebrated in its Cathedral situated in the centre of the Citadel dominating the whole island,
There are also two band clubs:
La Stella Philharmonic Society (Is-Soċjetà Filarmonika La Stella) which belongs to St George's Parish and Leone Philharmonic Society (Is-Soċjetà Filarmonika Leone) which is the first band club in Gozo AD 1863 and which celebrates the feast of St Mary at the Cathedral.
These gardens are situated between Republic Street and the Main Car Park in Victoria. One can see in these gardens a bronze bust of the Gozitan 18th century historian and grammarian Can. Gian Pietro Agius de Soldanis and another of Gozo born French poet and writer Laurent Ropa. It has recently been completely rehabilitated.
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Featured Hotels In and around Gozo Island on Malta
Malta is both an outstanding summer vacation destination as well as a living microcosm of Mediterranean history. Few people realize or expect that on such a small cluster of islands one can come across such a wealth of historic traditions. Besides archeological and architectural gems Malta's great attraction are the numerous village "festas" falling mostly during summer. These festivities in honor of the village patron saint are characterized by band marches, colourful street decorations, spectacular firework displays and a religious procession where the statue of the patron saint is carried through the village streets. At the same time, Malta's many beaches are an obvious place to spend the time waiting for the celebrations to begin or to have a break from the rich historical tapestry of the islands.
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