Those cruise passengers who enter Malta's Grand Harbour need to pass around the break water. However at the tip of the capital city Valletta lies one of the strongest fortresses built by the Knights of Malta. This centuries old almost intact still standing fortress guarded the Grand Harbour at the time of sailing ships, but was also utilised by the British in WWII. In fact apart from being a foremost anti-aircraft gun emplacement it foiled an Italian E-boat attack on Grand Harbour which would have otherwise become a replica of Pearl Harbour if successful! This fort at different times since WWII was utilised to built carnival flouts, as location settings for some international films and also as backdrop for Malta Fashion Week! It is being rehabilited piecemeal as it needs multi-millions to restore to its original grandeur. Part of Fort St. Elmo also hosts Malta's small War Museum. For the adventureous looking for off the beaten track walks, a walk outside its ramparts, especially in the late afternoon gives a panoramic view of touristy Sliema on one side across Marsamxetto Harbour, and on the other another large Knights of Malta fortificiation: Fort Ricasoli as well as glimpses of Bighi, once a Bristish hospital settlement for naval personnel, as well as one of the three cities: Vittoriosa.
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