City Gate (Maltese: Bieb il-Belt, literally "Door of the City") is a gate located at the entrance of Valletta, Malta. The present gate, which is the fifth one to have stood on the site, was built between 2011 and 2014 to designs of the Italian architect Renzo Piano.
The first gate which stood on the site was Porta San Giorgio, which was built in 1569 to designs of either Francesco Laparelli or Girolamo Cassar. The gate was renamed Porta Reale (Maltese: Putirjal) in around 1586, before being rebuilt in 1633, probably to designs of Tommaso Dingli. It was briefly renamed Porte Nationale during the French occupation of Malta in 1798, but its name reverted to Porta Reale when Malta fell under British rule in 1800. In 1853, this was once again replaced by a larger gate, which was also known as Kingsgate or Kingsway. These first three gates were all fortified, forming part of Valletta's city walls. The gate was also informally called the Porta di terra (meaning "land gate") since it was the only landward approach to the city.
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jacques weverbergh | Feb 21, 2018
English, dutch, spanish version are following: Belle ville Valetta, capitale de Malte, vous pourrez y passez plus d'une journée, elle est facilement accessible soit via les bus, qui ne coûtent qu'1,5 euros si vous prenez une carte de 10 voyages à 15 euros, soit via le même prix en ferry...au départ de Sliema notamment . Au départ de Valetta, vous avez un terminal de bus situez sur la droite de l'entrée principale à l'extérieur des enceintes, delà vous pouvez sillonnez toute l'ïle. Dans la ville, si vous êtes amoureux d'architecture vous serez comblés, quantités de petits commerces et restaurants, bars vous accueilleront avec la gentillesse anglaise des Maltais. Valetta is really a beautiful city , capital of Malta, you can spend more than one day, it is easily accessible either by bus, which cost only 1.5 euros if you take a card of 10 trips to 15 euros, or via the same price by ferry ... from Sliema in particular. From Valetta, you have a bus terminal located on the right of the main entrance outside the fortified enclosure, beyond you can crisscross the island. In the city, if you love architecture, you will be satisfied, lots of small shops and restaurants, bars will welcome you with the kindness of English Maltese. Valetta is éen zeer prachtige stad. Valetta, hoofstad van Malta, waar je zeker meer dan één dag kunt doorbrengen, is gemakkelijk te bereiken met de bus, die slechts 1,5 euro kost, als u een kaart van 10 reizen naar 15 euro neemt, of via dezelfde prijs per veerboot ... vooral van Sliema. Vanuit Valetta heb je een busterminal aan de rechterkant van de hoofdingang buiten de versterkte behuizing, en daardoor kunt U het eiland kriskras doorkruisen. In de stad, als je verliefd bent op architectuur, zul je tevreden zijn, veel kleine winkels en restaurants, bars zullen je verwelkomen met de vriendelijkheid van de Engelse Maltese. La hermosa ciudad de Valetta, la capital de Malta, puede pasar más de un día, se puede acceder fácilmente en autobús, que cuesta solo 1,5 euros si lleva una tarjeta de 10 viajes a 15 euros, o vía el mismo precio en ferry ... de Sliema en particular. Desde Valetta, tiene una terminal de autobuses ubicada a la derecha de la entrada principal, fuera del recinto amurallado, más allá de la que puede atravesar la isla. En la ciudad, si está enamorado de la arquitectura, estará satisfecho, muchas pequeñas tiendas y restaurantes, los bares le darán la bienvenida con la amabilidad del inglés maltés.
Rowena Azzopardi | Jan 31, 2018
I very much prefer the historic one we had prior to this modern monster along with the new parliament building which in my opinion is too modern compared with the bastions and old buildings around it. I very much like how the tritons fountain square came out to be. Very spacious and enjoyable.
Warren J. Borg Ebejer | Jan 30, 2018
Lovely place rich with history. It has almost everything: museums, churches, cafés, public places, monuments and Baroque architecture. Many shops to choose from too, and the sea view is simply brilliant.
Duncan Buhagiar | Jan 27, 2018
Valletta ... absolutely spectacular. Cultural, great history .. this is priceless and incredibly valuable to visit. Great for Family outings, friendly people and awesome place to meet new friends from all over the world, especially the locals ... and much more. I am proud to be part of such an amazing country.
Michael Azad | Feb 9, 2018
At the moment the gate itself is undergoing renovations and work. As such, if you’re looking for the city gate in specific, perhaps you will consider it in its current state as underwhelming. However, going through the gate does give a rich cultural feeling as you enter a beautiful city’s
Sabrina Bertazzo | Mar 13, 2018
It’s one of the most magnificent baroque churches I’ve seen. The ceiling is spectacular and Caravaggio’s painting will leave you breathless. However 10€ is definitely overpriced! It’s a church after all!!
Remax Malta Giovanni Colabufo Estate Agent | May 7, 2018
Amazing architecture by the Italian Architecture of Renzo Piano. A magnificent square to welcome tourists from all over the world to join Maltese and celebrate VALLETTA EUROPEAN CITY OF CULTURE 2018.
Tommy Caffrey | May 3, 2018
Very impressive. For me the depth of the moat with its steep sides and the blankness of the walls give it an unwelcoming feel. The moat is now used as a car park and tourist on the battlements instead of armies. There is a small gate and passageway inside the walls on the left of the square. From here you can walk down to the bottom of the moat. This then leads down to Great Siege Road and you can walk all around the outside. Now it’s a It’s a modern EU capital reaching out instead of keeping out.
Mohamad Nasri | Apr 23, 2018
Although I haven't seen the area before renovation, I think the new contemporary gate structures are overwhelming in their scale and simplicity and do merge properly with the historic context. I appreciate the incision with refined and probably metalic vertical elements that cut through stone and occasionally house vertical circulation or fire escapes. The bulky and geometric forms with inclined surfaces give majesty and monumentality. At the actual place where you pass through the gate, I would have preferred to find a stronger landmark, stronger than the metallic poles at both sides.
Phay Yeo | May 31, 2018
the entrance blocks are so monumental, we felt like modern gladiators crossing the threshold into ancient times.. but hey, two huge stairways and an artistic building continue the modern entry - stunning. As we walked further, the traditional classical style starts to take over. The town felt like a celebration of old and new. Thoroughly enjoyed wandering up and down the slope, the interlocking streets, discovering the museums, churches, eating our way in local family eateries and hip cafes.. and just taking in the scenery. Love the stone colour.
Michael Vella | Jun 19, 2018
The restoration and refurbishment of Valletta Gate and the Triton Fountain is truly fantastic. The entrance to Valletta now looks majestic and the open space before the entrance now really heightens the sense of entering a fortified city. Big improvement over having a bus terminus right in front of the gate.
Ves C | May 30, 2018
If you're ever in Malta, you must come here. Beautiful architecture. Lovely views. There are many shops and plenty of parking in the area. Plan to spend a good portion of the day in the area.
Salvador Garcia Barrafón | Jul 10, 2018
Very beautiful city. It's a small town in a small country, but if you arrive there with a cruise 🛳 ship, there is not time enough to visit the whole city, so It's a pity. I think I'll take some days to visit again but with calm, also the rest of the country. There are a lot of interesting buildings and 🏛 monuments to see. There's a very interesting history to know about. Can find a lot of squares to sit down and take a beer 🍻. I recommend a lot to visit this city.
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