Saluting Battery, Valletta

4.5
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Witness one of the country's most famous traditions at Saluting Battery. For centuries, the battery overlooking the Grand Harbor served as the first line of defense against invaders. Salutes were fired to mark important occasions and holidays, and to welcome foreign dignitaries. Additionally, at exactly noon each day, a shot was fired so captains could calibrate their ship chronographs. The tradition of a noon shot still continues and today is joined with a shot in the evening. Tour the battery, see the preserved cannons, and attend the salute ceremony. Multilingual audio tours are available, as are guided tours in English. You can also book an exclusive after-hours tour via e-mail. Use our Valletta vacation planner to visit Saluting Battery on your trip to Valletta, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • We were lucky to arrive just in time to pay for entrance ( modest ) to watch the noon gun display . This takes place in Valletta every day and is a great display in a beautiful setting looking over th...  more »
  • Thought we would be seeing a 12 gun salute! ( it was midday). The build up was exciting, but the cannon was only fired once! We paid €3 each to go on the cannon level as is wasn’t as crowded as the le...  more »
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  • So the canons are firing at noon. But if I am not mistaken they are only shooting one big shot. So worth being there if you happen to pass by, but not necessary to plan it especially on purpose.
  • An incredible display of canons firing. Very informative talks. Engaging and humerus staff. Absolutely worth the 3 euros to enter the grounds of the canons and to hear the talks. Wish we'd done the underground tour now.
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