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De Guiral Battery spared a restaurant

Military welcomes the decision taken by the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA)  on Thursday 1 July 2010 

Future for our Past

Thursday 21 July, 2010. The Prime Minister of Malta, Dr Lawrence Gonzi, together with the Minister for Resources and Rural Affairs, Arch. George Pullicino, toured the Harbour fortifications

The Sieges of Rhodes, Malta and the Savoy Gun

A short article featured in Issue 7 of the Heritage Malta Newsletter, August 2007, claimed that the so-called Savoy gun in the Palace Armoury collection of the Grand Masters’ Palace, in Valletta, Malta, saw service against the Ottoman Turks at the sieges of Rhodes and Malta

Illustrated Glossary of Military Architecture Terms

An Illustrated Glossary of Terms used in Military Architecture by Dr. Stephen C. Spiteri.

A Cubete Artillero at Mdina?

The recent archaeological discoveries at Mdina have revealed how little is really known about the true shape and form of this city's ancient and medieval fortifications.

Recuperating the Post of Castile notes with satisfaction that the bastioned Hornwork of the Post of Castile in Vittoriosa has finally been given back its proper legibility with the dismantling of a large oil-bunkering structure which had been crudely grafted on to the lower half of the bastioned enceinte during the past century.

Thousands Visit St. Michael’s Counterguard

Over three thousand people are reported to have visited St Michael’s Counterguard in Valletta during the Open Weekend on 15 and 16 May 2010.  

Open Weekend at St. Michael’s Counterguard, Valletta

The Ministry for Resources and Rural Affairs will be hosting an open weekend at St. Michael’s Counterguard in Valletta on the 15th and 16th May 2010.

A Militia Tower at Ghajn Znuber?

An article in the Sunday Times of Malta by Cynthia Busuttil entitled ‘Crumbling unique tower dates back to the Knights’ (Sunday Times 19.04.2010) claims that a tower-like structure at Ghajn Znuber  near Manikata, was a Hospitaller-period militia coastal ‘turret’.

18th Century Hospitaller Coastal Batteries

Coastal fortifications were an important component of the Order’s defensive strategy throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

ERDF Fortifications Restoration Video News Feature on the extensive fortifications restoration project in Malta.

ERDF Fortifications Restoration, Malta

Extensive restoration works are currently underway on some of the most important historic fortresses of the Maltese islands.

The Gozo Citadel at Ferrara

The restoration of the Gozo Cittadella and the European Union co-funded restoration projects on some of the most important works of military architecture in the Maltese islands currently being undertaken by the Maltese government

Mgarr ix-Xini Tower, Gozo

The largest of the handful of coastal watch-towers erected by the Hospitaller knights of St John in the island of Gozo is that to be found still guarding the entrance to the small bay of Mgarr ix-Xini, situated on the island’s south-west shoreline.


French Military Architecture in Malta presents the first in an exclusive series of lectures by Dr. Stephen C. Spiteri on Military Architecture and Fortification.

Fortifications Information Centre

Malta's fortifications represent one of the finest collections of military architecture to be found anywhere in the world and constitute, in the words of Professor Quentin Hughes, a monumental heritage ‘for sheer concentration and majesty quite unmatched.’

Arx Journal Vol 7 2009

Arx - Online Journal of Military Architecture and Fortification, Volume 7.

In this issue:

1. Strangers in a Strange Land: The Work of French Military Engineers in the Colonies (1635 -1776) by Dr. Emilie d'Orgeix Ph.D

2. Valletta's Forgotten Rampart: St. Michael's Counterguard by Dr. Stephen C Spiteri Ph. D

3. Hospitaller Malta's Citizen Engineer by Ms Elaine Micallef Valencia MA

4. From MAgazine to Chapel: The Magazeno a'Polvere Coperto alla leggera in the gorge of St. JAmes Bastion, Cottonera Lines by Ms Helen Abela and Mr. Roger Vella Bonavita

5. Civilian use of Military Spaces in Hospitaller Malta by Dr. Stephen C. Spiteri PHD.

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Fort Manoel, Malta

Inside Marsamxett harbour lies a small leaf-shaped island once known as the Isoletto.  Its strategic value emerged with the construction of Valletta on Mount Sciberras, when the threat it posed to the western flanks of the new city began to feature prominently in the engineers’ reports. 



Valletta, named after its founder, Grand Master of the Order of St John, Jean Parisot de Valette, was built after the Great Siege of 1565 with the financial help of a Christendom grateful for the defeat of Suleiman’s war machine.


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