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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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A great day out for the family

In brief - Excellent In August 2015 the cost for a family of four was €29 but strongly recommend the Heritage Pass that cost €65. [Heritage pass also includes Malta at War... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

In brief - Excellent In August 2015 the cost for a family of four was €29 but strongly recommend the Heritage Pass that cost €65. [Heritage pass also includes Malta at War Museum, Lascaris War Rooms and Saluting Battery] Apart from a tour of the fort including the 100-ton gun the staff held several informative talks / demonstrations. On our... More 

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Limassol, Cyprus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

It was the best day during our stay in Malta ...... Really entertaining .... These young men are passionate about restoring this site to its former glory and this shows in the reenactment .... Don't miss it if you get the chance.

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Island of Malta, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We had the pass to visit all 4 sites and having been to the saluting battery, Lascaris War Rooms and the Malta at War Museum felt the Fort would be too far out.. Bus arrived and as we had to catch it to get back to Valetta thought we might as well hop off and see the Fort. We arrived... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

An experience not to be missed. Initially thought there would not be very much to do as it looks quite small, but you can spend a day there easily. Get there in time for the first demonstration, it was signalling when we were there, and then look round. There are other very professional and informative demonstrations and enactments at regular... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

The main attraction of the fort is the Armstrong 100 ton cannon, the largest of its kind at its era (built in the 1880s). Together with its twin cannon (once in Sliema, at Cambridge battery) it defended Valletta and the Maltese coast. It took several minutes to reload the cannon, but it shot with very high precision. Apparently, the threat... More 

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Amersham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Wonderful narrative of the fort. Fantastic opportunities to fire genuine weaponry. Excellent display put on with the horses. Couldn't find any fault at all. A lovely afternoon.

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We arrived at about 11am. I expected a walk round, see the big gun, read a few signs and then move on to the next tourist site. How wrong I was. Firstly, I would recommend buying the four site pass for about £46 for a family - bargain!! I was taken back when they ask you leave a passport or... More 

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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

It's a little out of the way from most places in Malta and when you first arrive you can't help but fee disappointed. Especially when you've paid €12 per person and there's not a lot to see. However, as soon as the guided tour begins (2pm) your transported to the 19th century and the place becomes alive with soldiers. Reenactment... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We went here with low expectations as it didn't seem that interesting on paper but we had a ticket covering all four attractions run by this charity. We were very pleasantly surprise. Interesting, well preserved and most of all with some really nice guides. We loved the cannon firing and I fired and old rifle. My kids loved the horses.... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

An interesting place in itself had history brought to life by the guide, who presented a series of animated talks which included the history, swords and bayonets, armour etc. Our boys (9 & 6) were taught how to use a sword, tried on costumed and were generally entertained for almost 4 hours during the heat of the day.

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