Notre Dame Gate, Cottonera

The beauty of history is that it shows you how to look at things differently and appreciate that what we see today is just a snapshot which reflects neither the past nor the future.

The Notre Dame building in Birgu is a typical example.  Today it serves as a highly picturesque roundabout but this structure once formed part of nine kilometres of fortifications – and indeed it was one of seven gates - that circled the three cities of Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua which were known as the Cottonera Lines.

Built by Grandmaster Fra Nicola Cotoner in 1675, it is a dominant building that rises to five levels and provides to this day an excellent view of this part of the island.


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