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Did you know? Hompesch Gate was built in honour of the Grand Master who declared Zabbar a city
A monument built on the neo-classical style that has a rich history!

Emma Galea

Passing through Zabbar, it is almost impossible to miss the grandiosity that is Hompesch Gate, but did you know the history behind it?

The gate dates all the way back to 1801 and it was built by Grand Master John Ferdinand von Hompesch.

Hompesch Gate was meant to honour this Knights of St John Grand Master who elevated Zabbar’s status to that of a city in 1797. In fact, he gave Zabbar the title of Città Gratiosae Hompesch.

He had visited the feast of Zabbar in that same year where he was asked by the village priest Don Carlo Caruana to declare the village as a city. 

However, the French invaded Malta in 1798 and the gate was finished by December of 1801 instead.

Nonetheless, due to the political turmoil Malta was still under, no direct reference was made to the Grand Master. An armorial crest was supposed to be set up on the arch but plans did not follow through.

15th November 2023


Emma Galea
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Emma Galea
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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