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Fort St. Elmo

St. Elmo Pl., Valletta, Island of Malta, Malta
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Ranked #26 of 37 Attractions in Valletta
Type: Military Bases/ Facilities, Military Museums, Cultural
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Type: Military Bases/ Facilities, Military Museums, Cultural

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English first
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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Not only dissapointed that the old colourfull busses are gone from the Island, Malta has little to offer. Bad roads, not spectacular sights, its a small village. The few things they do have... like this fortress... are not open for visitors. So dissapointement all over. I guess Malta is only enjoyable for beach lovers, divers, and drunken tourists.

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Dublin, Ireland
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58 reviews 58 reviews
37 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Even if closed off for renovations it is an imposing structure and great to see the backdrop And setting for many films. It can also be viewed when you take a cruise of 9 harbours of Malta giving a view from the sea.

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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109 reviews 109 reviews
94 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The Fort looks very beautiful and interesting, but unfortunately it is closed for restoration. I was looking forward to this visit, 'cause I'm a huge fan of Game of thrones, which first season is shot here, but was quite dissapointed.

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Poznan, Poland
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

The fort as other forts is great fro the outside, it is a shame you can not see it in the inside. But the views around are great. The fort is under constraction ight now, maybe they will open it some day for visitors.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

My husband thought this was an excellent museum, it is being re-located into Fort St Elmo at present. The Maltese had a terrible time during the second world war. Their life and experiences are well told with displays, video presentations and many medals on display, with stories of brave soldiers, sailors and airmen at that time. We met several people... More 

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46 reviews 46 reviews
22 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This impressive sandstone fortress greets you as you sail into Valetta harbour. This fort withstood intense fighting during the great siege in 1565. It is now home to Malta's police academy and the National War Museum.

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Kamsack, Canada
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

sorry gates closed and restoration going on while i was there so missed the exploration but looks incredible

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New York City, New York
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Built by the Order of St John back in the 1500s, this fort was the site of the siege by the Ottoman Empire. While the Fort fell, it allowed enough reinforcements to repel the Turks in what is now called the Great Siege. Walking along this fort, its amazing to see how quiet it is now, compared to what must... More 

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Valletta, Malta
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81 reviews 81 reviews
26 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Visited during the Malta Design Week. I look forward to Fort St. Elmo being open to visitors on a more regular basis—it's unclear whether that is currently the case. In any case, the restoration work is superb. A beautiful blend of old and modern. Prosit!

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Helsinki, Finland
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98 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Fort St. Elmo is arguably the most impenetrable fort in the word. Designed and proved never to surrender in any war against enormous odds since AD. Functional form is never as beautiful as with this one. I cannot wait for 2018 but plan a sneak review in 2015 to see how the renovation in progressing in this very tip of... More 

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