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Your Guide to Malta and Gozo - The Old Prisons

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The Old Prisons 

Cathedral Square, The Citadel,Victoria Gozo VCT 1821, Tel: (+356) 21 565 988; http://www.heritagemalta.org

 

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Monday to Sunday: 9.00-17.00, last admission: 16.30; closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day and Good Friday.

Joint admission tickets to all Heritage Malta museums (Folklore, Archaeology, Natural History museums and Old Prisons) in the Ċittadella may be purchased at any of the sites. Regular ticket (18 - 59 years): €8.00; subsidised ticket: 12-17 years, Senior Citizens (60+), Students: 5.00; children (6 -11 years): €5.00; children younger than 6 years of age may visit at no charge.

 

This complex has been used as a prison since he mid-sixteenth century until the early twentieth. Past the reception area which served as a communal cell, it consists of two parallel corridors containing three cells each, two of which may be freely entered. In between these two corridors is a courtyard – the explanatory notes on the walls here give further insight into the daily business of running these prisons.

Having nothing much to do but doodle, the inmates scratched abundant graffiti on the walls of the cells and corridors – the most ubiquitous of which are palm prints, Christian crosses, the eight-pointed cross of the knights, galleys and other markings to keep track of the number of days left to serve.

The most famous inmate was the great La Vallette himself, who was imprisoned here following a violent brawl he engaged in with a local.