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Address: St.Rocco Road, Kalkara, Island of Malta CSP11 , Malta
Phone Number: +356 2180 9713
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Description: Fort Rinella in Kalkara,was built in 1878. This fort is not only a unique...
Fort Rinella in Kalkara,was built in 1878. This fort is not only a unique remnant of Malta's recent British colonial past, but it is also the world's first mechanical fort which enabled its small garrison to fire a monstrous 100-ton gun every six minutes. To be able to do this, the fort was equipped with a novel steam-driven hydraulic set-up that enabled the gun to traverse and depress and its ammunition to be hoisted and loaded mechanically. On visiting this fort in 1889, the great French writer Jules Verne described it as a marvel of the industrial age which would render Malta safe for ever. Some say that this is the place from where he got the idea of writing his famous novel a 'Voyage to the Moon', where a man is stuffed into a large projectile and fired from a large gun onto the moon!Originally, the 100-ton gun was built by Sir William George Armstrong of Newcastle in 1878, to equip a new class of Italian battleships - the Duilio class. This caused a serious stir between Britain and Italy which led to the former to obtain examples of the same gun to secure Malta and Gibraltar against a potential Italian seaborne attack.The Armstrong 100-ton gun has a calibre of 17.72-Inches (45cm). It is 35 feet long and has an overall weight of 156 tons making it the world's largest muzzle-loading cannon ever built. It used a quarter of a ton of gun powder to propel its monster shells up to a maximum range of eight miles. At that range it could pierce anything up to 21-inches of ship armour! The gun at Fort Rinella and another at Napier of Magdala Battery in Gibraltar are the sole surving examples today. The fort has recently undergone extensive restoration and improvement. A new 20-minute audio-visual outlining the history of the fort and its gun has also been added and is included in all guided tours.RE-Live History at Fort Rinella - Every afternoon from Monday to Saturday!Throughout the year, from Monday to Saturday at 14.00Hrs sharp, Fort Rinella is brought back to life complete with late 19th century Victorian soldiers who will take visitors on an animated tour around the fort. This tour combines excellent guiding with live and colourful historical re-enacting including military signalling, firing of rifles, bayonet practice, military cooking and more. Much use of original period equipment and weapons is made throughout this tour. All this goes to provide an enjoyable and long lasting experience to visitors.
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Fort Rinella , a Great day out

We planned this trip for the late morning , but soon found out that it was going to last a few hours . The "live" history Demonstrations were PERFECT , Gun Drills , sword drills... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

We planned this trip for the late morning , but soon found out that it was going to last a few hours . The "live" history Demonstrations were PERFECT , Gun Drills , sword drills etc ALL done & explained by the Great staff . The tour was good to . I think that the Families with "kids/teens" would enjoy... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

Fort Rinella, a former British fort on the Mediterranean coast just outside the Grand Harbor, has been restored to reflect its 19th century mission. On its own, the fort is rather lackluster. However, there's a demonstration daily, starting at 14:00, which showcases various aspects of military heritage. These included a guided tour of the fort, a short history lesson on... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

Fotr Rinella and its 100T Armstrong RML Gun are the dinosaurs of the age of gunpowder. It is unique in that it is the only survivor of 4 forts to remain intact, the only other gun (but not emplacement being on Gibraltar). The volunteers of the Malta Heritage Trust have worked very hard to return Fort Rinella to its original... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

I can't praise the staff who work here enough. In all my years travelling I have never experienced enthusiasm, commitment, knowledge and professionalism on this scale. Fort has so much history and these guys bring it alive. The gun is great and I can't wait to go back when they have finished the restoration. I did everything, archery, fired rifle,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Took longer to get there than the time spent. Not worth 12€, very small. Luckily tour guides dressed in military uniform and demonstrated a short and simple sword fighting training. And obviously impressive to see the canon.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

I visited the fort without knowing nothing about the story behind it or what to expect to see- and it was one of the most pleasant surprises I could have had. The fort itself would not be an impressive thing, but once you get into the history of the place it all changes. And the people at Fort Rinella are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

My wife and I decided to go after seeing the saluting gun display in Valetta by a team from Fort Rinella. I thought that a few hours in the morning would be enough to see the 100 ton gun, however we were happy to spend much more time at the fort watching the various re-enactments by team at the fort.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

My husband and I visited Fort Rinella, arriving around midday and expecting a few hours to be long enough there. Instead afte nearly five hours we went away wishing we'd had more time. It is a fascinating place and the staff bring the experiences of the Victorian soldier to life in their demonstrations and tours. It's great for people of... More 

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Live reenactment displays, learnt so much, very informative and the crew were so passionate about the fort and the history. You get so much for 12 euros! To fire a cannon for a small fee and to sponsor a horse, many of them rescued is a must!! They deeply care and look after these horses, I sponsored one and had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

All of those working at Fort Rinella were so passionate and willing to answer any questions we had. Full live demonstrations on signalling and marching etc were given, followed by a tent pegging horse show at the end. We arrived very early at around half past ten. I would advise to arrive closer to 12 as this is when the... More 

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Address: Address: St.Rocco Road, Kalkara, Island of Malta CSP11 , Malta
Phone Number: +356 2180 9713
Location: Europe  >  Malta  >  Island of Malta  >  Kalkara
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 12 - 12

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