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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 Tuesday to Sunday!Throughout the year, from Monday to Saturday at 14.30Hrs 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-enactingincluding 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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Fantastic day out, living history at its best!

One of the best attractions I've ever visited! The people who run this place are incredibly knowledgeable and so passionate about what they are doing, history just comes to life... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

One of the best attractions I've ever visited! The people who run this place are incredibly knowledgeable and so passionate about what they are doing, history just comes to life with such great energy. We stayed a good few hours as we saw various demonstrations and displays and my husband was in his absolute element as he loves this area... More 

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Surrey, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 NEW

Out of all the places we saw on our trip to Malta, Fort Rinella is the most memorable and by far the most deserving of a 5/5 rating on tripadvisor. The staff and reenactors are dedicated to bringing history to life and making it as interesting as possible for everyone by the various displays run from 11am onwards each day,... More 

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Broadway, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 NEW

This was much better than expected. Very interesting, knowledgeable staff and volunteers who obviously enjoy what they do. There is an audio guide as part of the entrance fee so you can walk round at your own pace but during the morning every so often a whistle is blown and some one will give a talk about an element of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 NEW

We had an excellent day here - so much to learn from people who are genuinely passionate about their knowledge and are very well trained. So refreshing also to see younger people giving such good presentations. The activities and displays are varied, the opportunity for interaction is great. As a bilingual English/French family, the fact there is a French-speaking member... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

A thoroughly enjoyable day out. Lots of interaction available in the activities. Take the opportunity to join in. Staff are very knowledgeable and add to the enjoyment.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Real interesting site especially if you like history and forts. it has a huge 100-ton gun. the staff is really experienced and dedicated. interesting nformation shared. they have guided tour with demonstrations (firing canons, guns, horse battle). very nice experience!

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Naxxar, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

A great day and well improved set up with excellent staff. A must see for Maltese and all who visit Malta.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

The visit was with four friends and my wife, we were all enthralled by the displays of swordsmanship, foot drill, musket and cannon firing and cavalry displays. All the staff and volunteers present exuded great enthusiasm, all descriptions provided were tremendous in detail and in particular the 100 ton Armstrong gun located on site was quite something to see. It... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Didn't really know what to expect but it was amazing. The staff went out of their way to make sure that our experience was interesting, informative and fun. It isn't a big place and we thought we would struggle to stay for long but we were there all day and could have stayed longer. There are organised talks and demonstrations... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

I bought a ticket for €30 which gave me admission to the 4 heritage sites run by the Saluting Battery. I caught the number 3 bus from the station in Valletta which stops right outside the fort. Bus tickets are really good value at €1.50 for a day ticket that you can use on different buses. The fort itself was... More 

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