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Fortified city on the Sciberras Peninsula ---- VALLETTA

By Edcat55
The construction of a fortified city on the Sciberras Peninsula was first proposed in 1524, when the Order of St. John sent a commission to inspect the Maltese Islands. Back then, the only fortification on the peninsula was a militia watchtower built by the Aragonese in 1488.[The tower was strengthened in 1533, but the proposed city was not built since the Order focused on building the fortifications of Birgu, which had become their base.

In 1551, an Ottoman force briefly attacked Malta, and then sacked Gozo and captured Tripoli, and as a result, the Order set up a commission to improve the island's fortifications. In 1552, the Aragonese watchtower was demolished and Fort Saint Elmo was built in its place. The fort played a significant role in the Great Siege of Malta of 1565. It eventually fell after a month of fierce fighting (in which the Ottoman general Dragut was killed). The knights held out in Birgu and Senglea until a relief force arrived, and the siege was lifted.

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RonDM Plus
6 211 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2021 6:15AM
Great picture

Ron
2 Aug 2021 7:38AM
Lovely night photography with your write-up explaining its history.

Mike
KingArthur 15 8 Malta
2 Aug 2021 8:41AM
Splendid night shot

Joe Smile
jacomes Plus
6 28 41 Portugal
2 Aug 2021 9:11AM
Super night time photo, and fascinating history. Malta has obviously been of military strategic importance throughout history up to WW2.
James
2 Aug 2021 11:06AM
Lovely night shot..l lived in Floriana for a while so much history...Best Wishes Alan
Brilliant shot Ed
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 19 Canada
2 Aug 2021 2:11PM
Wonderful night scene.
manicam 17 44 1 Canada
2 Aug 2021 3:02PM
Fantastic night view

Sherman
cooky Plus
17 6 5 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2021 4:39PM
Lovely night iage and narrative Ed.

Kath

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