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Your Guide to Malta and Gozo - Greek's Gate

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Greek's Gate

 

 

   

The Greeks gate is a secondary access point to the Silent city, by the roundabout just opposite the Domus Romana.

A high-relief half figure of St. Paul, holding a sword in his right hand and a cross in his left hand is located above the arch; below this is the city's Coat of Arms. This leads to the Għarreqin Tunnel – half way through this passage is a bas-relief Madonna and Child. A marble tablet that accompanies this sculpture bears an inscription in Italian which states that Mons. Paolo de Bussan grants an forty-day indulgence to whoever recites a Salve Regina (a Marian Roman Catholic prayer) in front of the image. A candle or two burn in a depression in the wall opposite the sculpture, behind a rusting iron grille.

 

The Greeks' gate proper is located at a distance of some fifty meters from the exit of the Għarreqin Tunnel. This bears a marble slab above the arch, commemorating St. Paul and records the date of construction of the tunnel. Within this tunnel is a painting by an unknown 19th Century local artist; this shows the Virgin Mary, with St. Anne and the Holy Trinity. Flanking this is an inscription in marble informing passers-by of an indulgence granted by Bishop Antonio Buhagiar. On the inner side of the Greek Gate is a 17th Century painting showing St. Paul Baptising the Maltese. It is difficult to note any detail here due to the intense reflectivity of the glass in front of the painting.