Bastion of the Knights of Malta

Lamezia Terme, Italy

The Bastion of the Knights of Malta is a massive, well-preserved watchtower built in 1550 by the Spanish viceroy of Naples Pedro de Toledo. It was assigned to the Knights, who had a fief in the neighbourhood. Ruins of several other watchtowers are in the area.

Comments

Your name



Details

Founded: 1550
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

Rating

3.8/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

bakunin cupelli (2 years ago)
Beautiful
Abdullah shaker عبدالله شاكر (4 years ago)
The Bastion of Malta differs from most of the other South coastal towers for the thickness of its walls, that makes it suitable for defense against attacks with firearms. The construction of the tower dates back to 1550, by the will of the Viceroy of Naples Pedro Toledo against the incursions of the Saracens. The building was given to the Knights of Malta, a fief holders in nearby St. Eufemia Gulf. The Bastion has a compact structure, based on a truncated pyramid with a square tower, divided into four large rooms with vaulted ceilings. Inside the battlements and parapet, large terrace, on which stand three smaller rooms. On the east there is the emblem with shield of the Balì, Signorino Gattinara, with the inscription that gives him credit for having equipped the Bastion of "war machines" (1634). The exceptional state of preservation is due to the solidity of the structure and work of maintenance of the various owners.
Mimmo Ceravolo (4 years ago)
Recently freed from the scaffolding of tubulars that kept it caged for years but unfortunately for some quibbles the restructuring has not been completed, so it remains inaccessible inside. It can be admired from the outside in its grandeur. A construction that has resisted various earthquakes for centuries and will continue to dominate its portion of territory over time, not even the neglect and indifference of "modern" society will succeed in breaking down.
Franco Anastasio (4 years ago)
Great place. Little attention from the commissioners.
Mikołaj Janeczek (6 years ago)
Hard to get to, and after you manage you will see some building side
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Broch of Gurness

The Broch of Gurness is an Iron Age broch village. Settlement here began sometime between 500 and 200 BC. At the centre of the settlement is a stone tower or broch, which once probably reached a height of around 10 metres. Its interior is divided into sections by upright slabs. The tower features two skins of drystone walls, with stone-floored galleries in between. These are accessed by steps. Stone ledges suggest that there was once an upper storey with a timber floor. The roof would have been thatched, surrounded by a wall walk linked by stairs to the ground floor. The broch features two hearths and a subterranean stone cistern with steps leading down into it. It is thought to have some religious significance, relating to an Iron Age cult of the underground.

The remains of the central tower are up to 3.6 metres high, and the stone walls are up to 4.1 metres thick.