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Your Guide to Malta and Gozo - Victory Square

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Victory Square

 

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Once a bustling hub, Victory Square never recovered from the deep wounds inflicted onto it by the enemy during ravages of the Second World War. Many of the fine buildings that had for centuries been its crowning glory now exist merely as ghosts, perhaps as dim memories in the minds of the older residents of Birgu.

Since 1549, a clock tower stood proudly and prominently at the centre of this square until it was brought down by enemy action in April 1942 during the areal attacks which devastated Birgu. This was constructed as a watchtower by the Knights as a five storey building which at a height of some forty meters provided an excellent panorama of the city. In 1572 this became the private residence of a family from Għaxaq. An inscription on the tower gave 1629 an the year when the clock was installed. The foundations of the tower have recently been excavated following a suggestion by Mayor John Boxall and plans are underway to bring this unique landmark back to life.

The building that has served as the premises of the St. Lawrence Band Club since 1883 was miraculously spared and still stands reminiscing its long-gone neighbours. Its multi-tiered façade designed by Giuseppe Bonavia with its arched windows on the second floor is rather uncharacteristic of its time. Its stately structure and design attest to the Square's glorious past – a splendour that was not recaptured by the post-war rough-and-ready reconstruction works. Its closest neighbour, the Auberge of Germany was annihilated and it is only a marble plaque that today marks the spot where this building once stood.

The Great Siege Monument was commissioned by Grand Master Ramon Perellos in 1705 and was further enhanced by Grand Master Pinto. A nearby statue of St. Lawrence was that was created in 1880 by Sculptor Anton Busuttil from Rabat stands on a limestone column designed by the English Architect William Poulson.

A marble bollard marks the beginning of the Collachio.