The Saluting Battery
Battery Street, Valletta
Historical Site

The Saluting Battery is Valletta's ancient ceremonial platform from where gun salutes are still fired. The passage of time is marked twice daily frpm here with gun fire at noon (12:00hrs) and afternoon (16:00hrs). The battery itself is located at one of the capital's highest vantage point from where splendid vistas of the Grand Hrabour and its surrounding towns can be enjoyed. Its origins go back to the time when Valletta was build by the Order of St. John in 1566. In its heyday, its huns not only defended the city and harbour but also greeted visiting dignitaries and ships.

The battery remained in constant use for almost 400 years, under the knights, the French and the British. In 1954 it was closed and its guns were removed. This historic monument has recently been restored to perform all of its original functions. It is shown as it stood in the late 1800s, complete with working connon, artillery stores, gun poweder magazine, historic ordnance collection anda small museum. 


Opening Hours
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00
Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Noon-day Gun at 12.00 sharp. A brief commentary precedes the gun firing starting at 11.45. Evening Gun at 16.00. Closed on New Year's Eve, New Year, Good Friday, Easter, Santa Marija 15 August, Christmas Eve and Christmas.
Ticket Prices
Adults € 2.00
Children under 16 € 1.00
Audio-guides in different languages are available for self-guiding. A specialist inter-active tour is offered at an extra charge after the noon-dat firing.
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