• Victoria Gate – Valletta
  • Victoria Gate – Valletta

Victoria Gate – Valletta

The gate, built by the British in 1884-85 to a design by Emanuel Galizia, was named after Queen Victoria. It replaced the single arch Marina Gate built at the time of the knights complete with draw bridge. 

The need for a bigger gate had been felt because the area of Marina Street down to the harbour was, at the time, the busiest part of Valletta. Ships used to berth close by, bringing produce from Italy and Gozo, and the shops which lined Marina Street used to be a hive of activity, with wholesalers supplying the other shops in Valletta.

Victoria Gate, Valletta’s oldest, has recently undergone full restoration and was unveiled on 17th May 2010 after a month-long project.

Calleja Ltd. was involved in the design and implementation of the architectural lighting system at Victoria Gate. The Gate had been neglected and badly lit for many years and it had always been our wish to have an adequate lighting system installed on this piece of architectural heritage.

The project started off with a proposed photometric design which was then implemented using Disano and Civic products. The Gate is illuminated using linear Civic Tie 35W architectural fittings which illuminate the upper cornices and Disano Elfo 70W projector luminaires which illuminate the lower ditch and the vertical columns of the structure.

You may view Victoria Gate here: http://www.maltain360.com/#100003473


About Calleja

Founded in 1925, Calleja pioneered many supply, turnkey and consultancy methods that are now standards in the electrical supplies industry. Partnering with clients, Calleja delivers electrical expertise, resources and products dedicated to enhancing the success of its customers. With a product range of over 13,000 electrical products, representing the industry’s leading brands, all housed in a floor area of over 5000 square metres, the company continues to set the benchmark by which this sector is measured in Malta.


Key Contacts:

Mr. Anthony Magro
Tel: (+356) 2144 0341
E-mail: amagro(at)calleja.com.mt

  • Project: Victoria Gate restoration
  • Brand: Disano, Civic
  • Client: The Ministry for Resources and Rural Affairs
  • Custodians: Ing. Conrad Casha
  • Realised: May 2011