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Fort Rinella
Fort Rinella(Kalkara)
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... more 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 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. less
Attraction type: Military Museums
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Fort Rinella
Fort Rinella(Kalkara)
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... more 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 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. less
Attraction type: Military Museums
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Malta Falconry Centre
Malta Falconry Centre(Siggiewi)
Owner description: Malta Falconry Centre is the first Bird of Prey centre in Malta that was developed with the aims : To re-introduce the ancient art of falconry in Malta To make educational and... more Owner description: Malta Falconry Centre is the first Bird of Prey centre in Malta that was developed with the aims : To re-introduce the ancient art of falconry in Malta To make educational and entertaining natural free flying displays with our well trained birds of prey To breed our captive birds on view to the public To reintroduce native species of birds of prey to Malta Come and enjoy a day at our falconry centre, watch our falconers fly several different species of well trained birds of prey and see these majestic birds in free flight (depending on weather conditions). The whole visit enables the visitors to be in a very close range with these majestic creatures. The facility has ample parking, outdoor picnic areas and all the amenities that one would expect in a modern tourist attraction. Have a look at our gallery section to see some of the different birds you will meet at our centre. We also offer drinking and eating facilities at our coffee shop. less
Attraction type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Malta Falconry Centre
Malta Falconry Centre(Siggiewi)
Owner description: Malta Falconry Centre is the first Bird of Prey centre in Malta that was developed with the aims : To re-introduce the ancient art of falconry in Malta To make educational and... more Owner description: Malta Falconry Centre is the first Bird of Prey centre in Malta that was developed with the aims : To re-introduce the ancient art of falconry in Malta To make educational and entertaining natural free flying displays with our well trained birds of prey To breed our captive birds on view to the public To reintroduce native species of birds of prey to Malta Come and enjoy a day at our falconry centre, watch our falconers fly several different species of well trained birds of prey and see these majestic birds in free flight (depending on weather conditions). The whole visit enables the visitors to be in a very close range with these majestic creatures. The facility has ample parking, outdoor picnic areas and all the amenities that one would expect in a modern tourist attraction. Have a look at our gallery section to see some of the different birds you will meet at our centre. We also offer drinking and eating facilities at our coffee shop. less
Attraction type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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St. John's Co-Cathedral
St. John's Co-Cathedral(Valletta)
Built between 1573 and 1577, this cathedral contains two masterpieces by Caravaggio.
Attraction type: Architectural Buildings; Religious Sites; Historic Sites; Churches/ Cathedrals
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Fra Giuseppe Wine Bar
Fra Giuseppe Wine Bar
Ranked #1 of 4 Restaurants in Balzan
Cuisines: Mediterranean
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Smuggler's
Smuggler's
Ranked #2 of 4 Restaurants in Balzan
Cuisines: Mediterranean
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night

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Bouquet Garni
Bouquet Garni
Ranked #1 of 83 Restaurants in Mellieha
Price:
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Seafood
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Bouquet Garni
Bouquet Garni
Ranked #1 of 83 Restaurants in Mellieha
Price:
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Seafood
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Sottozero the Gelato Factory
Sottozero the Gelato Factory
Ranked #1 of 101 Restaurants in Bugibba
Cuisines: Ice Cream
Dining options: Late Night

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Grand Hotel
4.0 of 5
Grand Hotel
$48 - $111 (MTL17 - 39)
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Mgarr
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Sunseeker Holiday Complex
3.0 of 5
Sunseeker Holiday Complex
$30 - $77
Ranked #1 of 16 Hotels in Bugibba
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Sunseeker Holiday Complex
3.0 of 5
Sunseeker Holiday Complex
$30 - $77
Ranked #1 of 16 Hotels in Bugibba
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Nearby recommended accommodations:

The Palace
5.0 of 5
The Palace
$79 - $250
Ranked #1 of 30 Hotels in Sliema
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The Palace
5.0 of 5
The Palace
$79 - $250
Ranked #1 of 30 Hotels in Sliema
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Dolmen Resort Hotel
4.0 of 5
Dolmen Resort Hotel
$55 - $272 (EUR 45 - 223)
Ranked #1 of 17 Hotels in St. Paul's Bay
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands
5.0 of 5
Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands
$121 - $273 (EUR 99 - 224)
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Mellieha
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Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands
5.0 of 5
Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands
$121 - $273 (EUR 99 - 224)
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Mellieha
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Hotel Phoenicia
5.0 of 5
Hotel Phoenicia
$128 - $421 (MTL45 - 148)
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Valletta
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