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Fort St. Elmo

Listed under Forts and Fortifications in Valletta, Malta.

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Part of the reason Valletta has had such a chequered history when it comes to invasion is that it’s built on two harbours – so that’s two harbour mouths to defend. And the Fort St. Elmo was a defender of both.

The towers on this promontory started to get built up from around 1530 and by 1565 it was the scene of some of the most intense fighting of the Great Siege by the Ottomans. But the fort standing today was built on the ruins of the outline of that great defending fort after it finally fell, which is why it’s now incorporated into the whole seaward bastion of Valletta, built after the siege.

Today a stroll round the grounds of the fort can include a trip to the National War Museum which has replaced the hundreds of soldiers as making the fort home. This is where the George Cross medal, given to the whole island of Malta for exceptional bravery during WWII, is kept.

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