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In Guardia Parades are re-enactments of an authentic historical event, the regular inspection of the fort and garrison by the Grand Bailiff of the Order of the Knights of St. John in charge of military affairs. During the re-enactment the fort’s garrison (some 70 in all), dressed in all its pomp, show off a range of military drills from the era.

The show is held on Sundays, almost all year round. The duration of the show is around 45 minutes.

Time: Show starts at 11.00 hrs

When: January to July / September to December Where: St. John’s Cavalier, Vittoriosa (Birgu)

Getting there:

Bus no.2 leaves Bay 14 at Valletta Bus Terminus, every 10 minutes to reach Birgu in c. half an hour.

One may take advantage of this visit to explore Birgu and its historic attractions, e.g. Inquisitors Palace, Maritime Museum, Malta at War Museum and the Collachio area.

  Tickets at the gate: Adults : €7 Children (6 – 12 years) and Students:  €3 One may be able to visit part of the fort only prior to the re-enactment.  Therefore it is advisable to enter the fort well before the show starts. The re-enactments are held according to schedule as above. However, in case of inclement weather or else due to some unforeseen circumstance the event may be cancelled without prior notice.  When in doubt it is best to contact the Tourist Information Office at Auberge D’Italie, Merchants Street, Valletta on tel: 00356 22915440/1/2.

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