New from my #travelblog:
Located in the Citadel, overlooking Cathedral Square and adjacent to the Law Courts to which is was originally connected. The prison was in use from the mid-16th century until the beginning of the 20th century. Soon after their arrival in Malta, the Knights of St. John started making use of this prison by dispatching their rowdier member to cool down there. Escapes are recorded to have taken place both during the rule of the Knights and British rule though after walking thru the individual cells, next to a central courtyard and surrounded by a narrow corridor its hard to imagine how that could have happened. But here is the interesting part: The walls of the cells and corridors in the old prison are covered with graffiti. It is considered the largest collection of historical graffiti in one single place. The representations are often of ships, and the date from different periods. There are handprints, crosses, names, dates, etc etched into the limestone walls. Some inmates also appear to have scratched a tally of their length of stay behind bars and all this is open and touchable to us today!