Fort St Angelo, Birgu (Vittoriosa)

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Fort St. Angelo (Maltese: Forti Sant'Anġlu or Fortizza Sant'Anġlu) is a bastioned fort in Birgu, Malta, located at the centre of the Grand Harbour. It was originally built in the medieval period as a castle called the Castrum Maris (English: Castle by the Sea; Italian: Castello al Mare). It was rebuilt by the Order of Saint John as a bastioned fort called Fort Saint Angelo between the 1530s and the 1560s, and it is best known for its role as the Order's headquarters during the Great Siege of Malta of 1565. A major reconstruction to designs of Carlos de Grunenbergh took place in the 1690s, giving the fort its current appearance.

The fort was garrisoned by the British from 1800 to 1979, at times being classified as a stone frigate known as HMS Egmont or later HMS St Angelo. The fort suffered considerable damage during World War II, but it was later restored. In 1998, the upper part of the fort was handed to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Fort St. Angelo has been on Malta's tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1998, as part of the Knights' Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta.
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  • The Saint Angelo Fort is another must see at Valletta. The renovation is perfect and the site offers breathtaking views on Valletta and its bay. The rooms are somehow less interesting than at Saint...  more »
  • A great place to start knowing about Maltese history. Must visit for views all around and the history  more »
  • We spent some hours as it's a historical, interesting fort. Some information were really interesting. It's full of easy access features but with the pushchair/baby we could not take advantage of it.
  • Fort St. Angelo in Birgu Built by the Knights over the ruins of a castle dating back to Norman times, Fort St. Angelo lies at the tip of Birgu (Vittoriosa), one of the Three Cities. The fort provided safety to the harbour and also to the inhabitants of the area who used it as a refuge during frequent raids. It was later used by the French army as their headquarters, followed by the British Army and the British Navy. It has undergone restoration works over the past years and since 2016 is open to the public.
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