Historical Fort St Elmo Valletta

Fort St Elmo in Valletta was built by the Order of the Knights of St John in 1552 to guard the two entrances to the harbours, Grand Harbour and Marsamxett Harbour, on each side of the Valletta peninsula.

In the Great Siege of Malta in 1565 it was the scene of some of the most intense fighting and during the 17th century the fort was rebuilt and enlarged.

There are historical re-enactments portraying military encounters between the Maltese and French held at different times throughout the year, except during the summer.

"Alarme" is a re-enactment held at the fort that covers the history of the French regime in Malta after the landing of Napoleon's troops from 1798-1800.

It portrays the Maltese rebellion and the blockade of the French in the harbour towns and ends with the surrender of the French troops at the hands of the British.

"In Guardia" is a re-enactment of a parade that took place whenever the Grand Bailiff of the Order of St John inspected the fort to make sure it was ready for any threat of invasion.

And it seems that Malta has been the backdrop for a number of movies and the Fort adds to the list. It was the location of the Turkish jail in the movie Midnight Express.

Today it is home to the Police Academy, and the National War Museum also occupies part of the Fort.

If you want any further information:

Telephone: 2291-5440 or 2291-5441
Email: info@visitmalta.com
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