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A Passion for Heritage.
Planning your next Winter Break? Why not explore Malta’s military heritage with our newly launched package.
Lascaris war rooms were the Operational Headquarters which were built in order to provide a secure place from where war operations could be conducted. The war rooms are located deep in the rock under St Peter and St Paul Bastion which forms part of the defences of Valletta built by the Knights of St John in 1566.
Fort Rinella in Kalkara was built in 1878. This fort is not only a unique remnant of Malta’s recent British colonial past, but it is also the world’s first mechanical fort which enabled its small garrison to fire a monstrous 100-ton gun every six minutes. On visiting this fort in 1889, the great French writer Jules Verne described it as a marvel of the industrial age which would render Malta safe for ever.
The Malta at War Museum housed in an old 18th century military barracks built in the historic walls of Vittoriosa (Birgu, is Malta’s best presented testimonial of the great ordeal suffered by the Island during the Second World War. The site focuses on the daily life of wartime Malta telling the story of how this spec of an island managed to withstand one of the fiercest onslaughts in modern history. It offers a unique experience to the visitor through a combination of original film-footage, expert guiding and original artifacts and memorabilia, all of which are nicely presented in a new modern setting.
The Saluting Battery in Valletta offers a breath-taking view of the Grand Harbour and the Three Cities. This battery offers the visitor a unique opportunity to learn from close quarters how cannon worked and fired in days gone by. It also provides a wealth of information on how time was measured and signalled out in the past. It also explains the long quest of mariners to find a practical solution to the issue of longitude that would allow them to sail safely in open seas.
The Malta Military & Heritage Package includes:
Rates starting from less than €65 per person per night sharing in a Double Deluxe Inland Room. Terms and Conditions Apply.Through the Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna Heritage Pass you will have access to the Saluting Battery (Valletta), Malta at War Museum (Birgu), Fort Rinella (Kalkara) and also the Lascaris War rooms (Valletta). Opening times for all the above mentioned sites are from Monday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm and there is no need for pre-booking. For more information kindly visit: Wirt Artna Website. Our Chauffeur Driven Service can organise your taxi transfers for you. During your stay kindly visit our Transport Desk and they will be happy to assist you. Terms and Conditions: