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Fort St Elmo - National War Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Fort St Elmo - National War Museum The National War Museum houses a superb collection of items which takes us back to prehistoric times. The items are displayed in chronological order and start with the early phases of the Bronze Age around 2,500 B.C. During the second Punic war Malta changed hands and became part of the mighty Roman Empire. The disintegration of the latter led to a period of unrest where it is speculated that Malta was subject to vandal attacks. The Eastern Roman Empire officially recognised as the Byzantines, reconquered Malta in 535AD. Little is unfortunately known about life on the islands during Byzantine times as Malta is rarely mentioned in historic documents. Malta changed hands again in 870AD following a fierce battle between the Arabs and the Byzantines. For the next 221years Malta was ruled by the Arabs and once again the culture changed to reflect these new rulers. The Normans, a rising power of the time, won Malta in 1090. These were succeeded by other European rulers that also governed the Kingdom of Sicily, namely the Swabians, Angevins, Aragon/Catalans and finally the Spanish. Malta's Middle Ages ends in 1530 with the arrival of the Knights of the Order of St. John. Medieval armour and other equipment displayed highlights the complex power struggle emerging in the Mediterranean and in Europe between Christians and Muslims with prominence being given to the Great Siege of Malta in 1565. The post-Great Siege period saw the building of Valletta, numerous fortresses, fortification works and coastal fortifications throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. The Order of St. John's rule in Malta was brought to an end by arrival of the French in Malta led by none other than Napoleon Bonaparte. The rule of the French did not last long however. Just three months after their arrival the Maltese rebelled and with the assistance of the British, Malta got rid of the French invaders. The British took over Malta and transformed it into one of their many colonies. Two halls are dedicated to Malta's important role in WW I, the Inter-War Period and Malta's historical role in the Second World War. Displayed in these halls one can find perhaps the three most important icons of this museum: the Gloster Sea Gladiator N5520 FAITH, Roosevelt's Jeep 'Husky' and Malta award for gallantry, the George Cross. Concluding the walk through Malta's military role in history are displays dedicated to Malta's Independence, becoming a Republic, Freedom Day and Malta joining the European Union
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“Under renovation”
Reviewed May 26, 2013

Other than the World War II Museum you can not get into ST. Elmo. It will be quite something when it is finished. Views from the water or the water front are impressive.

Visited May 2013
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“go but dont expect much yet”
Reviewed May 23, 2013

Yes Id would say go and see but right now ( summer 2013) there's nothing much on view as renovation is happening, a shame as I was fascinated after going to the other history attractions that talked about it.

Visited May 2013
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Paola
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“Come back in October 2014!”
Reviewed May 17, 2013

Currently being lovingly restored, future uses include a Military History Museum, a research centre and a public ramparts walk.

A Military History Museum is currently available to visitors in Vendome Bastions, c. 200m away from St Elmo's main entrances. On your way, glimpse at St Lazarus gun emplacement, a gun powder magazine and military barracks.

Visited May 2013
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Dover, England, United Kingdom
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“MY OLD HOME ST ELMO”
Reviewed May 1, 2013

hi in 1956 to 58 my family lived in the fort there were to familys that lived there the brown family of eight plus mum and dad we had the whole fort to our self muy dad was in the army such a big family that was the only place big enough we had dogs cats chickens we haD A GOOD TIME RUNING AROUD IN THERE THEY SHOULD NOT LET IT GO THAT BAD THEY HAVE A LOT TO DO I CAN TELL YOU MANY STORIES

Visited April 2013
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“Huh?!”
Reviewed March 28, 2013

I was really looking forward to walking around this iconic fortress and seeing where the hospitallers fought the besieging army. The closest we got was the road running past it: it is a construction site, there is no access into the fort and there is absolutely no effort to warn or cater for visitors. Even some display boards would have given something for tourists to do here.

Visited March 2013
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