Fort St. Lucian
400 Fort Hill AvenueTriq Il-Qajjenza, Birzebbuga, Malta
Fort St. Lucian Birzebbuga Reviews
Only look - no feel Dec 03, 2011
Triq Il-Qajjenza, Birzebbuga, Malta
On the way from Marsaxlokk towards Birzebbuga I came across a very square building that stood as a marker overlooking the bay at the end of the road. It turned out to be Fort St. Lucian that was constructed by the Knights of Malta between 1610 and 1611 and is one of a series of Wignacourt towers.
The sand colored fortress was extended and altered substantially by the British rulers over the years and the original tower now forms the core of a Victorian era fortress. The tower is surrounded by a rock cut ditch, with caponiers, a sunken gate, and a curved entrance ramp. You can walk around a part of it and I drove around it until I reached the water where I was blocked by a big fence.
On the seaward side the tower has been extended to form a low battery, with three large casemates facing out across Marsaxlokk bay towards Fort Delimara. St Lucian forms part of a ring of Victorian fortresses that protected Marsaxlokk bay; a ring that that also included Fort Delimara, Fort Tas-Silg and Fort Benghisa.
The fort is now the base of The Malta Centre For Fisheries Sciences.
It is generally in good repair, though the ditch is somewhat overgrown. The casemates are empty, the guns long gone
Part of the Visit to Malta & Cyprus 2011 travel blog
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