The Triton Fountain
City Gate Square, Valletta, Malta
The Triton Fountain Valletta Reviews
A really nice feature in the middle of the square Dec 03, 2011
I was staying at The Phoenicia Hotel because it was close to City Gate Square and the old part of Valletta. The City Gat Square houses two major features; the Triton Fountain and the island's central bus terminal. I was especially taken by the looks of the Triton Fountain because I arrived in the dark and the lighting of it was quite spectacular. The Triton Fountain was sculpted by local sculptor Vincent Apap in 1959.
To the south-side of the fountain is the Malta Memorial, a commemorative monument for the 2,298 Commonwealth aircrew who lost their lives in the various Second World War air battles and engagements around the Mediterranean, and who were left unburied.
In 1978, the plate on top of the fountain was damaged, after the Malta Labour Party, who was at that time in government, organized song festivals on top of the fountain. The same fountain was left in a dilapidated state for years until the change of Government in 1987.
On April 30, 2011, without any consultation with the public, the arts community and NGOs, the Government of Malta announced that it was moving the fountain from its present location in front of the entrance to the capital city Valletta. The Minister for Transport Dr. Austin Gatt declared that the fountain had to be moved a few meters in order to create an open space that will complement the new city gate project designed by renowned architect Renzo Piano.
Part of the Visit to Malta & Cyprus 2011 travel blog
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