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Valletta City Gate, Valletta

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Scenic Walking Area · Hidden Gem · Architectural Building
City Gate 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 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. These first three gates were all fortified, forming part of Valletta's city walls. The gate was also informally called the Porta di terra since it was the only landward approach to the city.The last fortified gate was demolished in 1964, being replaced by a Futurist gate designed by Alziro Bergonzo. This gate was then demolished in 2011, and it was replaced by Piano's gate which was completed in 2014.
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  • The City Gate into Valletta is a pretty impressive entrance to this historic City. In Maltese it is called "Bieb il-Belt", which literally translates to "Door of the City". Over the history of...  more »
  • These walls are so amazing, I love the limestone, they look awesome. The history of the gate is impressive and although the new architecture is controversial in Malta, I think the mix of the old and....  more »
  • Very Clean, tidy, very busy lots to do. The gate very different to the original gate that was there. The original gate had more character to it. The atmosphere always buzzing with lots of families, people enjoying themselves
  • Love this place. Good food amazing buildings and church’s. quick ferry to Over to the main land. Architecture here is amazing and beautiful. Worth spending the whole day. Seek out the art deco restaurants and buildings. Untouched and just simply beautiful
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