Fort Manoel Video

Fort Manoel was the last of the major bastioned works of fortification built by the Hospitaller knights of St John in Malta.

Its design, as in any Baroque fortress worthy of its name, was not only concerned with functionality and military efficiency, but also with aesthetic appeal. The Order's military engineers were able to achieve this formula exceptionally well at Fort Manoel, combining the sense of dramatic orchestration, fuelled by the ideas of Baroque mise-en-scène and the need to maximize vistas, with the mathematical precision of geometrically calculated plans and lines of fire. In 1761, it was described as a 'model de fortification fait avec soin, et fini dans toutte ses parties'.

This short video provides a quick overview of the layout and historical development of Fort Manoel.

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