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Address: St. Elmo Pl., Valletta, Island of Malta VLT1741, Malta
Phone Number: 35622481300
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: Fort St Elmo - National War Museum The National War Museum houses a superb...
Fort St Elmo - National War Museum The National War Museum houses a superb collection of items which takes us back to prehistoric times. The items are displayed in chronological order and start with the early phases of the Bronze Age around 2,500 B.C. During the second Punic war Malta changed hands and became part of the mighty Roman Empire. The disintegration of the latter led to a period of unrest where it is speculated that Malta was subject to vandal attacks. The Eastern Roman Empire officially recognised as the Byzantines, reconquered Malta in 535AD. Little is unfortunately known about life on the islands during Byzantine times as Malta is rarely mentioned in historic documents. Malta changed hands again in 870AD following a fierce battle between the Arabs and the Byzantines. For the next 221years Malta was ruled by the Arabs and once again the culture changed to reflect these new rulers. The Normans, a rising power of the time, won Malta in 1090. These were succeeded by other European rulers that also governed the Kingdom of Sicily, namely the Swabians, Angevins, Aragon/Catalans and finally the Spanish. Malta's Middle Ages ends in 1530 with the arrival of the Knights of the Order of St. John. Medieval armour and other equipment displayed highlights the complex power struggle emerging in the Mediterranean and in Europe between Christians and Muslims with prominence being given to the Great Siege of Malta in 1565. The post-Great Siege period saw the building of Valletta, numerous fortresses, fortification works and coastal fortifications throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. The Order of St. John's rule in Malta was brought to an end by arrival of the French in Malta led by none other than Napoleon Bonaparte. The rule of the French did not last long however. Just three months after their arrival the Maltese rebelled and with the assistance of the British, Malta got rid of the French invaders. The British took over Malta and transformed it into one of their many colonies. Two halls are dedicated to Malta's important role in WW I, the Inter-War Period and Malta's historical role in the Second World War. Displayed in these halls one can find perhaps the three most important icons of this museum: the Gloster Sea Gladiator N5520 FAITH, Roosevelt's Jeep 'Husky' and Malta award for gallantry, the George Cross. Concluding the walk through Malta's military role in history are displays dedicated to Malta's Independence, becoming a Republic, Freedom Day and Malta joining the European Union
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Huge Fort at the end of the capital city Valletta, Malta

This fort is undergoing major works at the moment but it is still stunning nonetheless!! You can see the old WW2 gun battery still there and it is situated right at the end of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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broxbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

We spent an absolutely fascinating 2&1/2 hours there yesterday. If you want to know about the history of Malta, then Fort St.Elmo is a must! Excellent visuals & superb reenactments. Also really good value for money.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Fantastic fort to visit and see views of the harbor area. Also visit interesting museums of the military history of the fort. Well worth the visit.

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Lisburn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

This was the best, well restored, information great. If you only go to one place in Valetta go to St Elmos Fort it covers everything and good value 7.5 euros

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Northampton, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This fort is undergoing major works at the moment but it is still stunning nonetheless!! You can see the old WW2 gun battery still there and it is situated right at the end of the city of Valletta. Originally constructed by the Knights and Grand Masters of Malta this is a truly stunning place to see. Malta is littered with... More 

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We visited Fort St Elmo/National War Museum which has recently been restored we had bought the Heritage Malta pass which offers good value if you visit a lot of the locations. This is incredibly well done with a logical sequence to the various displays etc - what a history this place has ! We spent ages looking at all the... More 

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Stargard Szczecinski, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Really breath taking construction. Malta is a small island, constructions this old and this sized are really great to see there. Especially, that it's still kept in quite good condition. Worth of seeing, while being on Malta.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

This is a massive stone fort. We unfortunately were there near the end of day after walking all over Valletta eating and shopping. They have upgraded the walls so much, it seems as if it was built a few years ago. For me it lost a lot of the historical features. There are good photo spots looking outward. You don't... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Well coming here and having a walk around - some stunning views of the area and the museum that is located within the buildings in the fort is well worth visiting especially if like me you are interested in history.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

My husband and I visited the war museum, I am not into military museums as such however I did enjoy my visit to St Elmo. The timeline is very helpful and there is a good mix between visual and auditory exhibits. One thing that needs to be improved is seating, there was another visitor there while we were there who... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The way this is set up is a solid mix between movies, audio parts and reading section, all pared up with many exhibits and samples. We spent well over 1.5 hours in the fortress without it getting boring. There is also a guided tour available which leaves at fixed times. Both of us enjoyed this tour very much and although... More 

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Address: St. Elmo Pl., Valletta, Island of Malta VLT1741, Malta
Phone Number: 35622481300
Location: Europe  >  Malta  >  Island of Malta  >  Valletta
Average Prices: USD 12 - 12

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