Gozo, the second largest island of the Maltese archipelago, is 14.5 km long and 7.25 km wide. It covers an area of 67 sq km, and has a circumference of about 43 km. Its present population is close to 30,000. The Citadel, until recently known to one and all as Il-Belt, the city par excellence, but now referred to as Ic-Cittadella, is the island’s best known landmark and its major tourist attraction. It stands just over 140 m above sea level and covers an area of 2,500 sq.mt. It is 3 km away from the sea.

Situated in the very heart of the island, the Citadel fits like a crown on princely Gozo and the Cathedral Church, with its towering belfry, is the jewel set in this crown.