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Fort Rinella

St.Rocco Road, Kalkara, Island of Malta CSP11, Malta
+356 7987 4153
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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 Monday to Saturday!Throughout the year, from Monday to Saturday at 14.00Hrs 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-enacting including 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.
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St.Rocco Road, Kalkara, Island of Malta CSP11, Malta
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The fort is an old British garrison built in the late 1800s to house one of four '100-ton guns' ordered from the Armstrong company in Newcastle. These were the largest muzzle-loading cannon ever produced (only one other survives, at the Napier of Magdala Battery in...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

There are two places that should not be missed while visiting Malta - the war rooms and the Fort Rinella. I am not a person that is interested in war history but with the two guides we had, Steve and Simon, I become hooked. The...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteers re-enacting and informing them an already unique place into a really good visit. Enjoyed by all 3 generations of our family!

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After seeing the wall rooms and saluting battery, we took the bus to Fort Rinella. Having walked around the Barrack area through some tunnels it seemed as though we had done everything that was to do there. However, this museum was really made by the...More

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Went there with my hubby! It was amazing value, very educational & had fantastic fun! The hubby got to fire a gun, fire a cannon. They do a re-enactment of soldiers duties, show u guns from Ottoman era right up to present day & how...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were really impressed with Fort Rinella as we normally avoid "interactive" as they can be cheesy. Not the case here as the staff conduct everything with enthusiasm and humour. The firing of the cannon was a nice surprise

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having visited other sites also run by the Malta Heritage Trust (Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna) I was expecting the usual enthusiastic staff full of stories and information, but I was wrong, these guys took it to a different level! We arrived for the 2 pm main...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Young, old and in between will really enjoy this bit of Maltese/English history. The guides were very entertaining and knowledgeable. I am not a history buff, but I really enjoyed myself. Allow 2 hours for the tour and some extra to wander around and take...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have had this on our list to do for sometime. Make sure you arrive for 2pm to join the re-enactment tour. Wonderful dedication and attention to detail, fun for all the family. You can fire a musket and also they fire a small cannon,...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The history of the fort is amazing from the Middle Ages to the last century. The demonstrations and reinactments are so interesting for all ages from children in o pensioners with the opportunity to participate. A great half day.

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JoseSammut
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Once a year on May 5th or closest Sunday. A 20 kilogram blank charge is fired but it is loud enough
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18 September 2015|
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Yes 80% of the fort is accessible to wheelchair users. please do not hesitate our staff at the gate to help you out if you need to. our soldiers will also be very happy to assist you once you reach the fort.
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Thank you for your query. Yes most of the fort is accessible to wheelchairs. The only parts which are not are the undergrounds.The historical re-enactments are held in an open arena so they are accessible too. we have... More
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