Having viewed it from Tigne Point in Sliema, across Marsamxett harbour, we decided to walk around by the fortress after our visit to the Carmelite Church, whose dome predominates the skyline from this point. See attached photo of fort & bridge / breakwater from Tigne Point.
Built in the 16th century, Fort St. Elmo held out for 28 days against the Turks in 1565, buying time for the defenders before reinforcements arrived to lift the siege.
Undergoing extensive refurbishment costing €15.5m (85% financed by the EU), the fort is scheduled to open to the public in April 2014.
Having taken the virtual tour on YouTube, we will make sure to visit next time we are in Malta.
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