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Notre Dame Gate

St. Edward Street, Birgu (Vittoriosa), Island of Malta BRG9038, Malta
+356 2180 0992
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An historic gate leading to supberb waterfront restaurants and leading to St Angelo Fort. Well... read more

Reviewed 30 September 2017
United Kingdom

Not a place "must visit" but if you happen to be in area go and visit. Is the main gate of the... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2017
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Notre Dame Gate is a grand baroque military gate built into the 17th century Cottonera Lines to protect the Three Historic Cities of Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua. It is of monumental proportions being built on five levels. From its roof one can observe a good part of the island including Valletta and the whole of Cottonera. Over the centuries it has served as the main gate for the region, a military barracks, a gun powder magazine, a chapel, an air raid refuge and throughout World War One during and after the Gallipoli Campaign an extension to the nearby Cottonera Military Hospital. This gate now houses the headquarters of Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna - the Malta Heritage Trust. It is available for visiting once a week as part of a guided tour every Wednesday starting at 10am. This tour also includes a visit to the former Cottonera Military Hospital and parts of the Cottonera Lines.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
St. Edward Street, Birgu (Vittoriosa), Island of Malta BRG9038, Malta
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Reviewed 30 September 2017

An historic gate leading to supberb waterfront restaurants and leading to St Angelo Fort. Well worth a visit.

Thank caes73
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Not a place "must visit" but if you happen to be in area go and visit. Is the main gate of the Cottonera Lines, located in Birgu, was built in 1675 in the Baroque style, and it is currently used as the headquarters of the...More

Thank 823zaidap
Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

I drive passed this structure at least 4 or 5 times a week and never realised that you could go inside. Parking is somewhat haphazard as located on a main roundabout but don't let 'tis put you off. The building has survived bombs and redevelopment...More

Thank Aggie C
Reviewed 30 June 2017

Had the pleasure to visit this gate thanks to a tour organised by Heritage Malta. The tour focused more on the purpose it served in WW1, that of a military hospital(together with what nowadays is St.Edward's School). The tour guide further explained to us the...More

Thank Bjorn M
Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

Just a gate of what I believe was once the fort entrance of Birgu (Vittoriosa) of the 3 Cities, located slightly too far away from Birgu for what it's worth, and worse still buses there come only once an hour and there's nothing else to...More

Thank Chun Hao T
Mario F, Owner at Notre Dame Gate, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2017

Thank you for your review but from your tone you seem more concerned about how to get there rather about the quality of the building. Notre Dame Gate is located but 6 minutes away from the Vittoriosa Main Bus station and not even a minute...More

Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

A magnificent baroque gateway with a powder store in the basement and superb views from above. Well worth a visit!

Thank Paul B
Reviewed 19 March 2017

This is the ancient gateway to the fortified city of Birgu, the largest and most interesting of the Three Cities. It is situated down by the harbour, which is interesting in its own right with the yachts and restaurants, not to mention the various Mlata...More

Thank GeysirGal
Reviewed 18 February 2017

nice building very interested to look around it / it is the gate between the cottonera three cities and the city of zabbar/ cottonera includes the cities of cospicua / vittoriosa and senglea in which three of them they have very nice history from the...More

Thank Saviour P
Reviewed 30 December 2016

You would think this is on of the Birgu city gates, but it is not. It is one of the seven gates built into the fortified lines. Today it is the headquaters of the Malta Heritage Trust. From the top you have a marvelleus view...More

1  Thank 545medva
Reviewed 2 September 2016

This is the gate to enter the old city Birgu [one of the Three Cities]. It is beautiful and impressive monument. Good spot to take picture.

Thank Darnel-HDI
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