Valletta
A journey through time! View Valletta’s iconic Victoria Gate along the ages
The gate that connects the central of Valletta to the Grand Harbour.

Emma Galea

The Victoria Gate is one of Valletta’s most iconic landmark! 

Having been built in 1885, the gate was named in honour of Queen Victoria and was used as the main entrance from the Grand Harbour to central Valletta.

During the time of the Knights of St John, it was originally a small gate by the name of Del Monte Gate. That is until the British demolished it to make way for a bigger one to cater for the ever growing and busier Grand Harbour.

The Victoria Gate has more or less remained the same since it was built in 1885 but the photos below of the gate steadily show the ever-changing culture and history of the island of Malta.

Typical Valletta - 1890s

Vegetable market – Early 20th century

The busy road before the gate – 1908

People walking as karozzonis driver through – 1920s

Life passing by - Early 20th century

British Malta – Postcard

Cars passing through – 1960s

Fully Restored – 2010’s

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5th December 2023


Emma Galea
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Emma is a Gozitan writer who loves all things related to English literature and history. When not busy studying or writing you will either find her immersed in a fictional book or at the cinema trying to watch as many films as she possibly can!

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