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Address: St.Rocco Road, Kalkara, Island of Malta CSP11 , Malta
Phone Number: +356 2180 9713
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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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Whether you're into military history or even if you're not, Fort Rinella provides a fascinating and entertaining experience for all the family. The team here are fabulous and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Whether you're into military history or even if you're not, Fort Rinella provides a fascinating and entertaining experience for all the family. The team here are fabulous and bring the history of the place to life in a highly entertaining and often amusing way. The full show takes around two hours and you should be prepared to stay the distance... More 

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Birzebbuga, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

fort rinella is a place where you can experience, a step back into the past the shows done by heritage malta are exciting. the actors dressed in uniforms and the huge canon that adorn this fort makes you feel like went back in time to the glory of victorian times.

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We learned more about military expansionism of the Victorian empire in 4 hours than ever before. Really interesting demonstrations by very well informed guides, who were trained using the Victorian military handbook. An excellent day out, we saw semaphore and morse code demonstrations, a DVD about the 100 ton gun, firing demonstrations, military drills on horseback. Highly recommended - definitely... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's one of those places that is very interesting on it's own to walk around but without the efforts of the staff you could be finished in 15 minutes. There is a big effort made however to show you how the fort would have been run, how the gun was fired, how the soldiers trained, how horses played their part... More 

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South Staffs
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With so much to do on the island we almost missed this one. Closed on a Sunday so we had to go on a Saturday - (a very cold wind was blowing that day). Despite the cold, the volunteers carried on and provided a very entertaining, very informative experience. For a donation, you can fire an old rifle or even... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of the most informative friendly places that I have ever had to good fortune to visit The volunteers are engaging and polite . I cannot recommend Fort Rinella highly enough we went for an hours visit and managed to stop almost 5 hours . Wonderful simply wonderful thank-you

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fort Rinella has been carefully and lovingly restored and is presented by a group of dedicated and professional guides. There are various exhibitions explaining the history of the fort and its role protecting the Grand Harbour. Thank you to the friendly staff for a highly informative afternoon.

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Algarvia, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you like military history this is a very good attraction. We were very sceptical on entry when confronted by a cashier who looked like borat . After an hour of great tuition by a very switched on presenter , a gunnery exhibition , cavalry exhibition , musketry exhibition , and a general tour of the fort and 100 ton... More 

Thank Weldge
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016 via mobile

We visited the fort after having a great time at the lascari war rooms. You get to see cavalry demonstrations, a chance to watch and even fire a cannon and shoot a rifle. All this takes place in the afternoon after 2:00 or did when we were there. The museum is also very good we had a very knowledgable guide... More 

Thank Mark W
Cheshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

My partner wanted to visit this fortress - mainly to see the 100 ton Armstrong cannon. I wasn't remotely interested, but accompanied him as he didn't want to go without me. I was proved wrong in every respect. I'm so glad that I went. It was both informative and hugely entertaining. In order to get the most out of your... More 

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