Gozo, Malta, April 11-12, 2017

We had a great 2016!!  Enjoyed our 3 month visit in the US seeing family and friends!  We returned to Sicily, did our boat repairs, updated some things, provisioned with food, did our haul-out and bottom paint job, waited for good weather and FINALLY sailed 50 miles south to Malta from Sicily!!! Arrived in Gozo Marina, watched the full moon, settled in to rest, then started sightseeing on the 12th!   Looking toward our dock walking along the water!   Steve saw kittens and I saw an octopus here!  Below, view of Mgarr from the marina area. Took a bus and began our tour of the Cittadella in Victoria, Gozo. Above and below is Cathedral of the Assumption in the Cittadella of Victoria built 1697-1711 in Baroque style.  It stands on the site of a Roman temple dedicated to Juno. Above, is the Piazza of the Cathedral.  As described below, the Stone circle is under the greenish square to the right of the statue. Below, more views from the Cittadella, also known as the Castello. This area has been inhabited since the Bronze, or possibly Stone Age, with the site starting as a Roman acropolis, then a castle, then a fortress.   Above is the Church of St John the Baptist, Rotunda of Xewkija, the biggest church in Gozo with the third largest unsupported dome in the world.  This new church was opened in 1978, on the site of the first church, consecrated in 1755, which has remnants in the Sculpture Museum next to the new church.  The common colors on fishing boats in Malta!




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