Saluting Battery

Valletta, Malta

The Saluting Battery is Valletta's ancient ceremonial platform from where gun salutes are still fired regularly. Equally, the passage of time is marked twice daily from her with gun fire at noon (12:00) and sunset (16:00).

The battery itself is located at one of the capital's highest vantage points from where splendid vistas of the Grand Harbour and its surrounding towns can be enjoyed. Its origins go back to the time when Valletta was built by the Order of St. John in 1566. It remained in constant use, under the Knights, the French and the British in both its defensive and ceremonial roles for the next 400 years. This historic monument has recently been restored to all of its original functions as it stood in the late 19th century, complete with working cannon, artillery stores, gun powder magazine, historic ordnance collection and small museum.

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Founded: 1566
Category: Castles and fortifications in Malta

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Tatiana Babushkina (20 months ago)
Amazing experience! One of the most unforgettable experience on Malta! Beautiful view on Harbor and Thricity. Really enjoyed. Better to come before to have better viewing point.
Robert Hayden (20 months ago)
Really worth a visit of you like well looked after guns! The salute was great, and worth the money to stand next to when they are lit.
David H (2 years ago)
Amazing! It can be a bit crowded upstairs, but for 3 euro you can go next to the cannons and observe the ceremony of the saluting battery. Then you get a little tour with explanations about the cannons and a bit of history of Valletta; the guides are super fun and the money goes towards conservation and restoration of the artefacts.
Rafał Michalak (2 years ago)
People there are really nice and willing to share bit of history. Shot take, a seconds but whole "art" make it really special :) I enjoy my stay there and for this small 3 euro fee you are helping them to restore other military sites :)
Rachel Carr (2 years ago)
Really great tour of the underground tunnels. Benjamin really knew his stuff and brought it alive. Also never got that close to a cannon being fired before. Pretty cool morning all up.
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