Saluting Battery, Valletta

4.5
#3 of 60 in Museums in Malta
Battlefield · Military Museum
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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  • Great experience in Malta. We loved it. For 3€ each you can see a almost private demonstration about how cannons work, the difference between them and, specially , you can see the saluting closely...  more »
  • You’ve got the option of watching the gun from the veranda or pay €3.00 to watch from the Saluting Battery. At the end you also get to look at the guns and given a bit of history saluting battery...  more »
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  • Funny because you could come here and pay 3€, or go on the upper balcony for free to have the same spectacle... But I'm so happy I paid and I've been! The guide explained everything about all the cannons, it was really interesting! If you're interested in military history you'll definitely find it worth the 3€.
  • A great vista overlooking the harbor. When you take the time to look down, you realize the immense amount of manual labor that went into constructing this place. The saluting canons are worth the visit.
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