The Triton fountain (the Maltese name Il-Funtana tat-Tritoni) is a major and perhaps the most recognizable fountain in the island of Malta, has already become one of the iconic symbols of the Republic, located on the periphery of the city gate in Valletta, almost on the border with the town of Floriana.
The fountain was designed and built between 1952 and 1959 by the Maltese sculptor Chevalier Vincent Apap and Maltese designer Victor Anastasi. The fountain started to function informally on Saturday, may 16, 1959.
Initially, the fountain, oddly enough, was used as a stage for national holiday called "Mill-Maltin għall-Maltin".
The fountain consists of three large bronze figures of mythological tritons holding a dish from which water jets beat, resembling an air two-tiered cake. The tritons are located so that the face of each of them is visible from the side of the city gates of Valletta. Yourself newts are in a large round bowl fountain, in which, from the bottom of the bowl, beat jet of water.
The Triton fountain - the landmark of Malta, which is worth seeing. There is in this work of art discreet elegance in harmony with the "power" emanating from the figures of tritons. Personally, we liked this fountain even more than the famous Trevi fountain in Rome.
View of the Triton fountain from the gardens of Hastings
During its history, the fountain has been repeatedly restored.
Nowadays, the fountain is located at the junction of important city streets, one of which leads to the city gates of Valletta, the second to Floriana, and the third to the bus stops of Valletta. The intersection of the streets forms a large open area, with seating areas, a travel agency and kiosks with drinks and snacks.
View of Floriana from the fountain square