Fort Saint Elmo (Maltese: Forti Sant'Iermu) is a star fort in Valletta, Malta. It stands on the seaward shore of the Sciberras Peninsula that divides Marsamxett Harbour from Grand Harbour, and commands the entrances to both harbours along with Fort Tigné and Fort Ricasoli. It is best known for its role in the Great Siege of Malta of 1565.
By 1417, the local militia had already established a permanent watch post on the tip of the Sciberras Peninsula. In 1488, the Aragonese built a watchtower on Saint Elmo Point, and it was dedicated to Erasmus of Formia, better known as Saint Elmo. In 1533, the Order of Saint John reinforced the tower due to its strategic location. In 1551, an Ottoman raid occurred in which the Turkish fleet sailed into Marsamxett Harbour unopposed. Due to this, it was decided that a major expansion was necessary, and in 1552 the tower was demolished and a new star fort began to be built. It was designed by a Spanish Engineer named Pietro Pardo. It had a cavalier, a covertway and a tenaille. A ravelin was hastily constructed months before the 1565 siege.
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|Sunday||9:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
Mike Gough | Jun 15, 2018
Interesting museum laid out so you follow from BC to modern day. Some great exhibits. Recommend combining it with the Malta Experience, saves €6 and this us also extremely good.
Noel Formosa | May 30, 2018
A must place to visit while in Valletta. The upper part of this star shaped fort has been fully restored to its former glory and now includes also the National War Museum. A stunning place with beautiful views of the Grand Harbour and also Marsamxetto Harbour. Sadly enough the lower part of this fort, where the movie Midnight Express was filmed is still in a bad derelict state and I hope that it will be also restored like the upper part.
Mark Williams | Mar 13, 2018
Plenty to see, and watch. Part closed when we went, but admission was reduced to reflect. I thought it was the best museum we went to in Malta, as it gave a rather thorough view of Malta through the ages, and how its almost been involved with war throughout - thanks to the rest of Europe! War memorial is just up the road, easily within walking distance to rock a couple off in one go. Well worth the admission fee.
Nicolas Owen | Jun 4, 2018
The fort is the base for the Malta war museum so only one bastion is open to the general public. The museum is excellent and a must-do for anyone visiting Malta. A multi-ticket for other sites is available.
varsha kamat | Mar 27, 2018
Must place to visit. As there were construction going on they reduced price from 10 euros to 7. Very informative place and I'm glad I visited this place. It's closed during public holidays so make sure it's open before leaving. We need minimum 2 hours to go around so please have so much time in your schedule while u visit this.
JSC882 SC | Jun 25, 2018
A place to visit if you like history in Valletta. The upper part has been fully restored to its original features, which includes the National War Museum. A stunning place with wonderful views of the Valletta Grand Harbour.
Michael M. | Jul 23, 2018
Well worth the visit with a huge chunk of history in its walls. Not very crowded and well planned out.
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