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Rediscovering history! Check out this vintage photo of Mġarr ix-Xini Tower from the 1970s
Did you recognise this tower?

Lyndsey Grima

A recent post on the Department of Information (DOI) of Malta's Facebook page has sparked nostalgia and historical curiosity with a throwback photo of the Mġarr ix-Xini Tower.

Taken in the 1970s, this vintage snapshot showcases one of the 14 coastal fortifications constructed during the rule of Grand Master Martin de Redin in 1658-59.

The Mġarr ix-Xini Tower, unlike its counterparts, features a unique architectural characteristic – a solitary entrance. This design choice distinguishes it from the other De Redin towers scattered along the coastlines of Malta and Gozo. The purpose of these towers was to provide a robust defence network against potential invaders, a testament to the strategic foresight of the time.

The black-and-white photograph from the DOI archives not only captures the historical essence of the tower but also serves as a reminder of Malta's rich cultural heritage. This glimpse into the past invites both locals and tourists to reflect on the island's storied past and the enduring legacy of its fortifications.

The Mġarr ix-Xini Tower stands as a silent monument, a guardian of history, and a symbol of Malta's resilience through the ages.

Did you recognise this tower?

13th June 2024


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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