About Us  is optimised for viewing with Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer 8 has been set up to focus on and promote the study of military architecture and fortification around the world.  It seeks to bring together and build an extensive international  corpus of information, data, and ideas – research papers, lectures, videos, forums, conferences, publications, etc., –  that are freely available on the web and make these educational resources available to researchers and students through direct internet access via this website. The overriding aim is an educational one, aimed at the promotion of scholarship in the study and teaching of military architecture and the history of fortification.

Military is committed to diffusing a proper understanding of the art and science of fortress building to as wide an international audience as possible. seeks, primarily, to focus the attention of scholars, researchers, and the public alike on the fortress as a structure, and on fortifications as a works of architecture and engineering, emphasizing the art and science, and history, of fortress design, fortress construction and building techniques, and materials, as well as provide information on modern efforts at conservation and restoration of historic fortified buildings and sites around the world.

To this end also hosts a dedicated and downloadable electronic journal ‘ARX – Online Journal of Military Architecture’, produced and published by the Fortress Explorer Society.

We invite all those who are interested in the study of military architecture and fortification to contribute to this website. If you would like to contribute an article or pictures, please contact us. You will of course receive full credit for your work. 

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Webmaster:                                        John Spiteri Gingell

Research consultant editor:                 Dr. Stephen C. Spiteri Ph.D.

Dr. Stephen C. Spiteri Dipl. (Int. Des.) RI, B.A. (Hons), Ph.D, was born in Malta, 15 September 1963. Educated at St. Aloysius College, B'Kara and later at the University of Malta. His interest in the military aspects of Maltese history has led to a number of books and papers on the fortifications of Malta and on the military organization of the Knights of St. John. Foremost amongst these are Fortresses of the Cross (1994), British Military Architecture (1996), The Fougasse, The Stone Mortar of Malta (1999), Fortresses of the Knights (2001), Armoury of the Knights (2003), The Great Siege (2005) and The Art of Fortress Building in Hospitaller Malta (2008). Dr. Spiteri works in heritage conservation. He served for a while as Acting Curator of the Armoury in the Palace of the Grand Masters, Valletta. He is a founding member of the Sacra Milita Foundation for the study of Hospitaller Military and Naval History and of the Fortress Explorer Society. He served for ten years as Superintendent of Fortifications and is currently Research Co-ordinator at the Restoration Unit, Works Division in the Ministry for Resources and Rural Affairs.

affiliated organizations:                       Fortress Explorer Society (Malta)

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