The Citadel


Over the last few years the Ċittadella of Gozo has undergone a major revamp through two restoration and rehabilitation projects co-financed by the European Union. The newly restored Citadel is now yours to discover.

Over the last few years the Ċittadella of Gozo has undergone a major revamp through two restoration and rehabilitation projects co-financed by the European Union. The newly restored Citadel is now yours to discover.

GOZO’S CITADEL


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Also known as the Cittadella, this is a small fortified city located on a promontory at the centre of Gozo’s capital, Victoria. The fortifications date mostly from the early 17th century, the time of the Knights of Malta, although some parts date back to the 15th century. Archaeologists have revealed that the area’s history goes back even farther in time. It was first inhabited during the Bronze Age, then settled by the Phoenicians and further developed by the Romans.

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The Citadel is a fascinating place to visit for all ages, and a walk around the city walls provides a breathtaking, panoramic 360° view of Gozo. Within the Citadel there are a few notable buildings including:

The Gozo Cathedral


Situated within the fortified walls of Gozo's old City, the Gozo Cathedral is a masterpiece of Baroque design.

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Museums inside the Citadel


  • Nature Museum


    The Nature Museum is located in a group of houses within the Citadel dating back to the 15th and 17th centuries. Here you’ll find plenty of interesting exhibits that tell the story of Gozo’s geology, marine life, local plant life, insects, and ecosystems. The museum even has a piece of Moon rock.

  • The Old Prison


    Now a museum, the Old Prison comprises two buildings: the entrance hall, which had been a common cell in the 19th century, and a free-standing block with six individual cells. The prison dates back to the 16th century and was finally closed in 1962. You can even see graffiti, made by prisoners on its walls.

  • Museum of Folklore


    The Period House or Folklore Museum is housed in a cluster of early 16th century houses, including the only surviving late Medieval house of its type in Gozo. Inside you’ll find collections relating to the crafts, pastimes, and rural traditions of Gozo that have shaped the way of life here in the Maltese Islands over the centuries.

  • Archaeology Museum


    Located behind the original gateway to the Citadel in a renovated 17th century townhouse, the Gozo Museum of Archaeology covers Gozo’s history from the prehistoric to the medieval periods.

The museums are open daily from 9.00am to 5.00pm. They are closed on 24, 25 & 31 December, 1 January & Good Friday.

WW2 Shelters

On the north east corner of the 17th century defensive walls of the old Citadel at the back of St. John’s Demi-bastion, you'll find the Battery, or gun emplacement. In the early stages of World War 2, several stone rooms were cut out of the rock underneath the Battery and used as air-raid shelters for five families. Makeshift bedding can still be seen in the shelters.

Multi-site tickets

To make it even easier to decide what to see in Gozo, you can purchase a Discover Gozo Ticket from Heritage Malta (there's a family ticket too) which gives access to six sites in Gozo including: the Ggantija Temples, Museum of Archaeology, Nature Museum, Folklore Museum, Old Prison, and the Ta’ Kola Windmill. To make it easier for you we have teamed up with Heritage Malta and you can actually buy the ticket from our representative with special family tickets for Gozo!