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Open day! Fort Manoel opening its doors to commemorate its 300th anniversary this Sunday
The open day will take place at Fort Manoel in Gzira from 9.30am to 5.30pm.

Lyndsey Grima

This Sunday, 22nd of October, Fort Manoel in Gzira will be swinging open to the public for a remarkable opportunity for history enthusiasts, architecture aficionados, and curious minds.

This event not only marks a significant milestone in the fort's storied history but also celebrates the 300th anniversary of its creation in September 1723. The open day also proves as a chance to witness the meticulous restoration work and bask in the grandeur of this magnificent fort.

Fort Manoel, an architectural masterpiece, was originally constructed by the Knights of St. John under the leadership of Grand Master Antonio Manoel de Vilhena. The primary purpose of the fort was to safeguard the northern bastions of Valletta, a crucial defence for the region.

Over the centuries, it has played various roles, from being renamed HMS Phoenicia during the British era to serving as an adjunct of the Lazzaretto Hospital in the 1800s. Today, it stands as an enduring testament to Malta's baroque military architecture.

In the early 2000s, Fort Manoel underwent an extensive and meticulous restoration, thanks to the efforts of MIDI, a project at the forefront of the rejuvenation of Manoel Island and Tigné Point.

Visitors on this open day can enjoy guided tours, providing insight into the fort's historical significance and architectural splendour. Maltese tours are scheduled at 10:30 am and 2 pm, while English tours are offered at noon and 4 pm.

Exciting reenactments by the Show of Arms Reenactment Group, as well as captivating performances by pipe and drum bands from the Marsa and Xgħajra Scouts, will take place throughout the day.

For those eager to explore Fort Manoel, its doors will open at 9:30 am and close at 5:30 pm.

For further information or inquiries, you can contact MIDI at (+365) 2065 550 or send an email to [email protected].

18th October 2023


Lyndsey Grima
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Lyndsey Grima
Lyndsey has always been passionate about all things content. She keeps her storytelling skills sharp by exercising physically as she’s a fitness buff and also mentally as she enjoys reading and travelling.

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