Mdina - carriage boarding place
Il-Karozzin - carriage
Il-Karozzin is Maltese and means horse-drawn carriage. The first carriages were imported from Gibraltar around 1850 and used for daily use. Nowadays the carriages are still being used, but no longer for daily use.
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At marriages and events the carriages are sometimes used, but especially for a tourist tour to several locations.
In particular in Mdina and Valletta the karozzin will be used to make a tour. In Mdina they also drive you around in the historical city and in Valletta it will be less because the main streets are a pedestrian area.
Valletta has multiple boarding places spread over the city, the fare depends on the tour one wants to take and the time one makes use of the karozzin.
Mdina has a waiting place in front of the main gate and the fixed price for a tour is written on a board.
Malta has provided resting places for the horses, where the horses can eat and drink. The owners usually have good stables. The amount of karozzins available depends on the weather. For example in the warm July and August months it is too hot for the horses to be used all day long. Often they alternate.
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In the beginning period of the Knights there was transport for the gentry with an “ Il-Kaless”. This was a small horse or donkey drawn carriage with big wheels. The coachman ran alongside the horse or donkey.
Around 1856 the transport was performed by kind of a carriage for 16 persons with a person on the box and horses in front. It can be compared to a kind of stagecoach. This mode of transport was given the name “Omnibus”. In November 1856 a timetable even started. This mode of transport was quickly overtaken by other modes of transport, like the train and after that the tram and the bus.
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