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Fort Rinella

St.Rocco Road, Kalkara, Island of Malta CSP11, Malta
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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. To be able to do this, the fort was equipped with a novel steam-driven hydraulic set-up that enabled the gun to traverse and depress and its ammunition to be hoisted and loaded mechanically. 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. Some say that this is the place from where he got the idea of writing his famous novel a 'Voyage to the Moon', where a man is stuffed into a large projectile and fired from a large gun onto the moon!Originally, the 100-ton gun was built by Sir William George Armstrong of Newcastle in 1878, to equip a new class of Italian battleships - the Duilio class. This caused a serious stir between Britain and Italy which led to the former to obtain examples of the same gun to secure Malta and Gibraltar against a potential Italian seaborne attack.The Armstrong 100-ton gun has a calibre of 17.72-Inches (45cm). It is 35 feet long and has an overall weight of 156 tons making it the world's largest muzzle-loading cannon ever built. It used a quarter of a ton of gun powder to propel its monster shells up to a maximum range of eight miles. At that range it could pierce anything up to 21-inches of ship armour! The gun at Fort Rinella and another at Napier of Magdala Battery in Gibraltar are the sole surving examples today. The fort has recently undergone extensive restoration and improvement. A new 20-minute audio-visual outlining the history of the fort and its gun has also been added and is included in all guided tours.RE-Live History at Fort Rinella - Every afternoon from Monday to Saturday!Throughout the year, from Monday to Saturday at 14.00Hrs sharp, Fort Rinella is brought back to life complete with late 19th century Victorian soldiers who will take visitors on an animated tour around the fort. This tour combines excellent guiding with live and colourful historical re-enacting including military signalling, firing of rifles, bayonet practice, military cooking and more. Much use of original period equipment and weapons is made throughout this tour. All this goes to provide an enjoyable and long lasting experience to visitors.
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St.Rocco Road, Kalkara, Island of Malta CSP11, Malta
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Reviewed 2 days ago

It was excellent value for money, when you consider we were there all afternoon. The informative tours and re-enactments, really put the Fort into context and gave you a sense of what life was like for the soldiers stationed there. The guides gave everyone the...More

Thank Jane H
Reviewed 1 week ago

A very interesting visit which needs most of the day. The well informed guides give a number of and tours of the fort and the gun . There also talks on the daily life of the garrison and the equipment used in Victorian times. Audio...More

Thank jharwoodcsp
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was incredibly interesting. very friendly re en-actors in authentic Victorian battle dress. Can examine and fire a period rifle, and a cannon. You can easily take the bus to and from the Fort / Gun battery. Excellent in person guided tour from guides in...More

Thank Will H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We really didn't know what to expect in going to Fort Rinella today, but we weren't disappointed. An amazing guided tour showcasing fully-uniformed bayonet and musket displays, a canon firing, and of course in-depth information on the construction and function of the fort itself and...More

Thank Cathy G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is well worth a visit to Fort Rinella to be taken back into Victorian times. The soldiers reenactments set the scene around the incredible 100 ton gun and interesting museum. Fascinating history.

Thank JacqJains
Reviewed 1 week ago

Thanks to the guys making guided tour around the fort I've learnt so much new and interesting facts spiced with good sense of humour! They are all in uniforms and playing little scenes to bring the visitors back in time. The museum inside is so...More

Thank Ondra28
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

more than we bargained for! fort rinella was a great victorian gun fortress built in 1884, comprising of defensive fortress and the worlds largest gun which is quite a sight. also the tour offers historical information and a bayonet display by the tour guides loads...More

Thank darren610
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to see the 100 ton gun, however there is much more going on. This is one of the few "military" themed museums that my two teenage daughters engaged with, and I was a bit shocked to hear them saying how good it was, and...More

Thank Jeff C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I am not really a history buff, but I was both entertained and impressed by the knowledge and enthusiasm of the guides here. The 2pm tour and demo of rifles and cannon firing etc was fun and informative. You've got to admire the commitment of...More

Thank Elaine B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I cannot praise this place enough! Fantastic fort with reenactors that were so informative and friendly. I spent four hours here with my boyfriend and we are already booking a trip to go back. The reenactors showed us marching, guns display, history tours and were...More

Thank HOR94
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1 November 2015|
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Response from yulius888 | Property representative |
Once a year on May 5th or closest Sunday. A 20 kilogram blank charge is fired but it is loud enough
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18 September 2015|
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Response from Mario F | Property representative |
Yes 80% of the fort is accessible to wheelchair users. please do not hesitate our staff at the gate to help you out if you need to. our soldiers will also be very happy to assist you once you reach the fort.
15 February 2015|
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Response from Mario F | Property representative |
Thank you for your query. Yes most of the fort is accessible to wheelchairs. The only parts which are not are the undergrounds.The historical re-enactments are held in an open arena so they are accessible too. we have... More