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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 Satruday!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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They were really nice, took their time and answered any questions. we spent much more time there than we actually intended. One of the most worthy visits in Malta

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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Sliema, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

They were really nice, took their time and answered any questions. we spent much more time there than we actually intended. One of the most worthy visits in Malta

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

You need at least 4 to 5 hours to enjoy audience participation encouraged, opportunity to fire rifles and handle different type of swords also fire canons. Then the finale is cavalry tent pegging show.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We visited on the day of a Medieval Reenactment of Knights. Archers and a Jousting competition. Brilliantly run and organised, and superb for young children. It brought history "to life" for them. The Fort itself is well worth visiting too; interesting to see the gun placements and the views across the bays.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

A little late in reviewing, but we visiting just after Easter this year, and as before had a great time. Rifle display, sword fighting and of course cannon firing, what more could you ask. It was good to have a guided tour of the facilities below ground, and to be able to find out more about how the 100tonne cannon... More 

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

My friends took me to the Fort but I had a great afternoon. I volunteered to fight with a sabre. I learned how to shoot a musket and then did it. What a ear shattering bank and it only cost €5. Then we learned all about the 100 Ton cannon. We had a go at firing a 24 pounder cannon... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Really interesting attraction, well worth a visit - the place is brought to life by the wonderful historical reenactment team with various events thoughout the day.. These guys know and live their history and tell all the stories with such passion it is hard not to learn something whilst also being every entertaining!!

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CleavenDesira, Manager at Fort Rinella, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting fort Rinella, it was a pleasure to live it with you on another day. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015 via mobile

Just like all the reviews previously written we had a fantastic day there.very informative interesting and the staff were so good nothing is too much trouble they go out of their way to make sure you have a good time. You can do bayonet practice, fencing, archery, fire a rifle of evens cannon!!! The finale is the display with the... More 

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Thank you for your review, we are glad you enjoyed it. Follow our Fort Rinella Horse Troop facebook page to see what they have helped us create recently. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We visited this Attraction, primarily to see the 100 ton Gun emplacement and at first glance thought there is little of interest. However, our initial thoughts were soon misplaced. The "Crew" of volunteers putting on the various demonstrations in Artillery and Horsemanship combined with some Military History was first class. Thier enthusiasm and communication was praiseworthy indeed. We also had... More 

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Thank you for staying along for all the show and supporting us on TripAdvisor. More 

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

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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It is one of the best because of visitors like you, that make us so motivated to continue getting better. Many Thanks! More 

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

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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Thank you for your very kind words, we truly enjoy our work and making your couple of hours visit memorable. More 

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