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Fort Rinella

Address: St.Rocco Road, Kalkara, Island of Malta CSP11 , Malta
Phone Number: 00356 21809713
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Kalkara
Type: Military Museums, Cultural
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Owner description: 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 Tuesday to Sunday 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

Me and My two mates kindof stumbled upon this place expecting to walk about and read a lot of texts about the Second World War, but as luck would have it, we arrived three minutes to two in the afternoon, and at two, they have a animated experience tour. Different guides would talk us through the forts defenses manning and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

We had a brilliant 4 hours here. The minute you arrive you are involved in a demonstration of life as it was also a video show a tour calvary demonstration and for a small fee you can fire an1880 royal enfield and/ or a 24 pound cannon. An absolute bargain and also a reasonably priced cafe or take a picnic.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

A fantastic and informative day out, made special by the committed and knowledgeable staff. We arrived around midday and saw several entertaining presentations on the history of firearms and bayonets given by staff who were clearly knowledgable and deeply interested in the history of warfare. They neither shied away from the horrors of war, nor glorified it, but instead gave... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

We have been here 3 times in the past 4 months, it is such a great interactive museum that keeps educating us each time we go. We have fired Black Powder guns, Cannons and sponsored their beautiful horses. Watched the special event of the firing of a 100 tonne Gun (cannon) and just love watching the Horse troop compete in... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

The fortress has a really practical architecture. What makes it interesting and more over really enjoyable is the enthusiastic team. They are really passionate and provided a nice show. You could study some rifle from the mid 1800-s and even try them out. For 5 Euro you could even fire a shot with some of them. The 100 ton canon... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We had a fabuolus afternoon here in early Nov. We ended up being there for over 4 hours as we enjoyed it so much. The team that work here are excellent, they are so passionate about the place, its history and sharing it all with visitors. Their knowledge and understanding of the Fort's history and also other military history is... More

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CleavenDesira, Manager at Fort Rinella, responded to this review

It's always a pleasure to host everyone coming to see our display and yes the longer you stay the better it gets. Hope you could join us again next time to see and try History. Regards Cleaven Desira More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We visited Rinella as part of the Remembrance week activities and as part of our 'Tour' of the Heeritage sights in Malta. This was not a glorification of war nor a celebration of victory. Instead it was an attempt to demonstrate ,accuratelt and authentically some aspects of training and a final reencatment of 'going over the top'. I was impressed... More

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CleavenDesira, Manager at Fort Rinella, responded to this review

Thank you Dennis it was emotional for all and thanks to your support we will bring up more of such memories from our past to the future. Best regards Cleaven Desira More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We arrived before the re-enactment at 2pm but there was plenty to see before that started. It was 10euros to get in but really worth every penny. Take extra pennies as you get the chance to fire a musket and also a cannon! Splashed out to do both (10 euros for the cannon and 5euros for the musket) but it's... More

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CleavenDesira, Manager at Fort Rinella, responded to this review

Thank you for the high rating, we have young soldiers just as real heroes saved our country in the past, young and ready to win it at all cost. We will soon start opening from Monday till Saturday with the buses running every 30min with Sunday closed for rest or training only. Regards Cleaven Desira More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

As has been said this is the best 10 euros you can spend in Malta however you get there! We visited on Remembrance Sunday. Trench Warfare, Cavalry 'Tent-pegging', Musketry (you can fire a genuine Victorian rifle!), Cannons, life in the Fort and, to round it off, they fired the "100 ton gun" just before the sun went down. The enthusiasm... More

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CleavenDesira, Manager at Fort Rinella, responded to this review

Thank you very much, we really are grateful for your support and pictures shared :). We do have an honest young good spirit working for this cause and we hope to have others following. It's not only about a gun, it's a story of a life we lived in the past and made us who we are today. Honoring our... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

A very well kept fort. The 100-ton gun is awesome! Well done to the people looking after the place and organising the different activities.

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Thank you from all of us at Fort Rinella Regards Cleaven Desira More

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