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The Fountain of the Three Tritons, designed by Vincent Apap, stands outside of Valetta’s main city gate. Fully constructed and completed in 1959, the fountain depicts three bronze half-human, half-mermen, two sitting while the third one kneeling, holding a bronze platter on a seaweed base. They symbolize strength and Malta’s relation to the Mediterranean Sea. In Greek mythology, Triton was Poseidon’s son and messenger of the sea. Over time, Triton(s) came to mean mermen in general.