Valletta
What a beauty! Rare photo showcases Valletta’s Triton Fountain opening in 1959
The fountain is located just outside Valletta’s City Gate.

Sarah Micallef

The impressive Triton Fountain at the entrance of the capital city is hard to miss and is counted among Malta’s most iconic sites.  

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Consisting of three bronze Tritons holding up a large basin, the towering fountain was designed and constructed between 1952 and 1959, and reportedly became unofficially operational on Saturday 16th May 1959.

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It must have been quite the spectacle upon its reveal, and this recently uncovered photo showcases its beauty upon opening, in 1959.

Shared by David Woolfenden on social media, the photo, taken by his father, was originally a black and white shot, but David has performed an impressive colorisation which, in his words “makes this wonderful photo really sparkle” – and we can’t agree more!

15th July 2020


Sarah Micallef
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Sarah Micallef
A keen traveller with an interest in most things, Sarah loves her island home as much as she loves getting away from it, and enjoys discovering and re-discovering the gems, hidden corners and unique stories of her native Malta and Gozo.

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