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Title: Il-Mina/ The Gate
Authors: Baldacchino, Godfrey
Keywords: Hompesch Gate (Żabbar, Malta)
Gates -- Malta
Cultural pluralism -- Malta
Żabbar (Malta)
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Mousse Publishing
Citation: Baldacchino, G. (2017). Il-Mina/ The Gate. In B. Hutschek, & R.Vella (Eds.), Homo Melitensis: An incomplete inventory in 19 chapters (pp. 243-246). Malta Pavilion, Venice Biennale. Mousse Publishing.
Abstract: At the west entrance to the Maltese town of Zabbar stands Il-Mina ta’ Hompesch, a commemorative stone archway, built in neoclassical style. It was constructed in 1801 to commemorate the locality's status as a city, which had been granted by the Grand Master destined to be the last of the Hospitaller Order of the Knights of St John in Malta, the German Ferdinand von Hompesch, in 1797. (The Knights were evicted from Malta by Napoleon in 1798.) The location of Hompesch Gate, as it is known, over two centuries has not changed; but its functions and immediate environs have. In its current, latest reincarnation, the Arch is a traffic island and roundabout for a very busy and noisy intersection; it stands alongside the perch of a mobile street-hawker selling vegetables and fruit off his van (possibly without a proper permit); and its archway supports the banner commemorating the 400th year anniversary of the founding of the Parish of Zabbar, dedicated to our Lady of Graces.
ISBN: 9788867492725
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