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Duck Village
Duck Village
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Fort Rinella
Fort Rinella(Kalkara)
Owner description: Fort Rinella in Kalkara,was built in 1878. This fort is not only a unique remnant of Malta’s recent British colonial past, but it is also the world’s first mechanical fort which... more Owner description: Fort Rinella in Kalkara,was built in 1878. This fort is not only a unique remnant of Malta’s recent British colonial past, but it is also the world’s first mechanical fort which enabled its small garrison to fire a monstrous 100-ton gun every six minutes. To be able to do this, the fort was equipped with a novel steam-driven hydraulic set-up that enabled the gun to traverse and depress and its ammunition to be hoisted and loaded mechanically. On visiting this fort in 1889, the great French writer Jules Verne described it as a marvel of the industrial age which would render Malta safe for ever. Some say that this is the place from where he got the idea of writing his famous novel a ‘Voyage to the Moon’, where a man is stuffed into a large projectile and fired from a large gun onto the moon!Originally, the 100-ton gun was built by Sir William George Armstrong of Newcastle in 1878, to equip a new class of Italian battleships - the Duilio class. This caused a serious stir between Britain and Italy which led to the former to obtain examples of the same gun to secure Malta and Gibraltar against a potential Italian seaborne attack.The Armstrong 100-ton gun has a calibre of 17.72-inches (45cm). It is 35 feet long and has an overall weight of 156 tons making it the world’s largest muzzle-loading cannon ever built. It used a quarter of a ton of gun powder to propel its monster shells up to a maximum range of eight miles. At that range it could pierce anything up to 21-inches of ship armour! The gun at Fort Rinella and another at Napier of Magdala Battery in Gibraltar are the sole surving examples today. The fort has recently undergone extensive restoration and improvement. A new 20-minute audio-visual outlining the history of the fort and its gun has also been added and is included in all guided tours.RE-Live History at Fort Rinella - Every afternoon from Tuesday to Sunday!Throughout the year, from Tuesday to Sunday at 14.30hrs sharp, Fort Rinella is brought back to life complete with late 19th century Victorian soldiers who will take visitors on an animated tour around the fort. This tour combines excellent guiding with live and colourful historical re-enactingincluding military signalling, firing of rifles, bayonet practice, military cooking and more. Much use of original period equipment and weapons is made throughout this tour. All this goes to provide an enjoyable and long lasting experience to visitors. less
Attraction type: Military Museums
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Fort Rinella
Fort Rinella(Kalkara)
Owner description: Fort Rinella in Kalkara,was built in 1878. This fort is not only a unique remnant of Malta’s recent British colonial past, but it is also the world’s first mechanical fort which... more Owner description: Fort Rinella in Kalkara,was built in 1878. This fort is not only a unique remnant of Malta’s recent British colonial past, but it is also the world’s first mechanical fort which enabled its small garrison to fire a monstrous 100-ton gun every six minutes. To be able to do this, the fort was equipped with a novel steam-driven hydraulic set-up that enabled the gun to traverse and depress and its ammunition to be hoisted and loaded mechanically. On visiting this fort in 1889, the great French writer Jules Verne described it as a marvel of the industrial age which would render Malta safe for ever. Some say that this is the place from where he got the idea of writing his famous novel a ‘Voyage to the Moon’, where a man is stuffed into a large projectile and fired from a large gun onto the moon!Originally, the 100-ton gun was built by Sir William George Armstrong of Newcastle in 1878, to equip a new class of Italian battleships - the Duilio class. This caused a serious stir between Britain and Italy which led to the former to obtain examples of the same gun to secure Malta and Gibraltar against a potential Italian seaborne attack.The Armstrong 100-ton gun has a calibre of 17.72-inches (45cm). It is 35 feet long and has an overall weight of 156 tons making it the world’s largest muzzle-loading cannon ever built. It used a quarter of a ton of gun powder to propel its monster shells up to a maximum range of eight miles. At that range it could pierce anything up to 21-inches of ship armour! The gun at Fort Rinella and another at Napier of Magdala Battery in Gibraltar are the sole surving examples today. The fort has recently undergone extensive restoration and improvement. A new 20-minute audio-visual outlining the history of the fort and its gun has also been added and is included in all guided tours.RE-Live History at Fort Rinella - Every afternoon from Tuesday to Sunday!Throughout the year, from Tuesday to Sunday at 14.30hrs sharp, Fort Rinella is brought back to life complete with late 19th century Victorian soldiers who will take visitors on an animated tour around the fort. This tour combines excellent guiding with live and colourful historical re-enactingincluding military signalling, firing of rifles, bayonet practice, military cooking and more. Much use of original period equipment and weapons is made throughout this tour. All this goes to provide an enjoyable and long lasting experience to visitors. less
Attraction type: Military Museums
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Mdina Old City
Mdina Old City(Mdina)
Attraction type: Historic Walking Areas; Historic Sites
Mdina Old City
Mdina Old City(Mdina)
Attraction type: Historic Walking Areas; Historic Sites

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Ali Baba
Ali Baba
Ranked #1 of 31 Restaurants in Il Gzira
Cuisines: Lebanese
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, After-hours
Maharaja
Maharaja
Ranked #2 of 31 Restaurants in Il Gzira
Cuisines: Indian
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, After-hours
Chez Philippe
Chez Philippe
Ranked #3 of 31 Restaurants in Il Gzira
Price: USD 1 - 57
Cuisines: Mediterranean
Good for: Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Business, Special Occasion Dining, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch Spot, Dinner, Reservations, After-hours
Cafe Jubilee
Cafe Jubilee
Ranked #4 of 31 Restaurants in Il Gzira
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, After-hours
The White Sheep
The White Sheep
Ranked #5 of 31 Restaurants in Il Gzira
Cuisines: Italian

All accommodation » Where to stay - Budget

Euro Guesthouse
Euro Guesthouse
USD 50 - 785 (EUR 39 - 612)
Ranked #1 of 1 Il Gzira B&B and Inns
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Grand Hotel
4.0 of 5 Grand Hotel
USD 51 - 1,102 (MTL17 - 368)
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Mgarr
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Park Lane Aparthotel
4.0 of 5
Park Lane Aparthotel
USD 53 - 190 (EUR 41 - 148)
Ranked #1 of 16 Hotels in Qawra
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Midrange

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands
5.0 of 5
Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands
USD 112 - 414 (EUR 87 - 323)
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Mellieha
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The Palace
5.0 of 5
The Palace
USD 90 - 395
Ranked #1 of 33 Hotels in Sliema
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The Palace
5.0 of 5
The Palace
USD 90 - 395
Ranked #1 of 33 Hotels in Sliema
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Luxury

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Hotel Phoenicia
5.0 of 5
Hotel Phoenicia
USD 138 - 653 (MTL46 - 218)
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Valletta
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Hotel Phoenicia
5.0 of 5
Hotel Phoenicia
USD 138 - 653 (MTL46 - 218)
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Valletta
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Dolmen Resort Hotel
4.0 of 5
Dolmen Resort Hotel
USD 60 - 396 (EUR 47 - 309)
Ranked #1 of 17 Hotels in St. Paul's Bay
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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.