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Birgu/ Vittoriosa

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One of the oldest cities on the island of Malta is the maritime city of Birgu. The city gets its name from the time when it was simply the suburb (Borgo) of Fort St Angelo. Forced out of Rhodes by the Turks, the Order of St John were offered the islands in the middle of the mediterranean sea by the Spanish king Charles V in 1530. Due to Birgu's easy access to the deep Grand Harbour and its proximity to a fort, the knights settled there.

The Great Siege of 1565 between the knights and the Turks was won by the former and Birgu became known as Vittoriosa (victorious).

With its ageing population, Vittoriosa still holds dear the traditions of old, making it a fascinating place to visit and to stay in. Putting aside the various historical places of interest such as the Inquisitor's Palace and the Maritime Museum, the colourful town life and various village festas scattered throughout the year make for some captivating people watching.

Written by  FarAway.

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