Old Prison

Cathedral Square,, Victoria , Gozo

Museum

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 9:00 - 17:00

Old Prison Tickets
  • Adults: € 8.00
  • Students: € 5.00
  • Children: € 4.00

The Old Prison is situated in the Citadel overlooking Cathedral Square. Old Prison was built in 1548 to replace the old building. The Old Prison was used from mid 16th until the beginning of the 20th century. After arrival of the Knights of St John they soon started making use of this prison by dispatching their rowdy and disruptive members to cool down. Fra Jean Parisot de La Vallette which later became Grand Master of Malta. In 1538 he's been sent to the Gozo Prison for four months, after having attacked a lay man. The duration of their stay varied from few months to 10 years.

Old Prison is divided into two sections: the entrance hall which served as a common cell in the 19th century and a free standing block with six individual cells. The Old Prison's walls and corridors are covered with graffiti. Representations include ships, stars, hand profiles, names and dates from different periods. The individual Old Prison's cells are still well-preserved in their original state. They are surrounded by a narrow corridor, with two of the cells overlooking a central courtyard. Massive low doors with heavy locks are also original. It is the largest collection of historical graffiti on the Maltese Islands.