Fort St. Angelo (Maltese: Forti Sant'Anġlu or Fortizza Sant'Anġlu) is a bastioned fort in Birgu, Malta, located at the centre of the Grand Harbour. It was originally built in the medieval period as a castle called the Castrum Maris (English: Castle by the Sea; Italian: Castello al Mare). It was rebuilt by the Order of Saint John as a bastioned fort called Fort Saint Angelo between the 1530s and the 1560s, and it is best known for its role as the Order's headquarters during the Great Siege of Malta of 1565. A major reconstruction to designs of Carlos de Grunenbergh took place in the 1690s, giving the fort its current appearance.
The fort was garrisoned by the British from 1800 to 1979, at times being classified as a stone frigate known as HMS Egmont or later HMS St Angelo. The fort suffered considerable damage during World War II, but it was later restored. In 1998, the upper part of the fort was handed to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Fort St. Angelo has been on Malta's tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1998, as part of the Knights' Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta.
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Vlad Cristescu | Apr 4, 2018
The fort commands a spectacular location over the Grand Harbour of Malta and even for this reason alone one should visit this place. The site is very interesting and covers hundreds of years of history and military fortifications. It would be nice to have audio guides to help one understand what the various structures are. The cafe is also a good place to stop and have a drink although some umbrellas could be added to shelter from the scorching summer sun.
i pm | Mar 10, 2018
It was one of the stops of a Grand Harbour boat tour. Can't recommend enough. Fantastic view, very interesting, historical places, relaxed atmosphere. This Fort is a well preserved, historical building. Well worth the time and effort. You'd even find good restaurants nearby.
Jess Beaty | Mar 14, 2018
Fort San Anglo was the original home to the Knights of Malta until the city of Valletta and its fortifications were built. The city of Birgu (Victoria) at the entrance to the fort is a splendid collection of historic buildings, narrow streets, squares, cafes and restaurants. The view of Valletta from the fort is excellent! Easy access by bus or car from Valletta
Louise Forbes | Feb 16, 2018
Fantastic views from all angles on lots if different levels. A good fort to visit of the weather is nice. Not much indoors so nice to enjoy the weather and read about the fort. The cafe also has great views.
Kyung-Bin Cho | Jan 3, 2018
The view from the top is good, and I visited on a day with live enactment which happens a couple of times a year. Entrance fee 8€, a combination ticket (valid for a couple of other museums around as well) for 12€. Overall a pleasant experience. But Malta is full of forts, no need to get out all the way here if you are pressed with time. In fact, probably the view of this fort from the Valletta side is enough for most people.
Simon Prochazka | May 4, 2018
Amazing!!!! I spend more than 3 hours there, the fort have so much history to tell and the 8€ for adults is a really fair price 👌
Raymond Jones | May 27, 2018
An exquisite venue for any occasion with breath taking views of our wonderful grand harbour. The fireworks across the water in Marsa put the cherry on the cake. Very well kept and truly wonderful staff. Keep it up.
Kathryn Hiatt | May 30, 2018
Spent an enjoyable few hours here wandering round the various parts. views were good from the walls. Good place to visit.
Dyanne Tryska | Jun 13, 2018
Loved it. Would highly recommend it. Stunning views over the 3 cities and Valletta
Vincent Zammit | Jul 21, 2018
The oldest fortification in Malta still standing. After restoration the fort is now open to the public and one can spend a good two hours inside. A good number of areas have been opened with a lot of information panels to make one's visit as informative as possible. Audio guides will soon be made available. A must.
Lora Said | Jul 15, 2018
The tranformation of this place is amazing. It's as if you're living in history with a touch of modern image. Lovely place to have a wonderful evening or a stroll around.
Jon Tan | Jun 26, 2018
Need more information on the layers of history and how people from the different eras lived and worked in the fortress. Especially from the Great Siege onwards. Very little in the way of exhibits given its storied history.
Krisle | Jun 27, 2018
The fort is stunning. It just lacks information about the history. I would love to learn a lot about the place, since I paid to get inside.
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