Reduced admission at Fort St Angelo on Victory Day

Inauguration of a new restored polverista and an exhibition of de Valette’s sword

Heritage Malta will open Fort St Angelo for a reduced price of €2 on the occasion of Victory Day, on 8th September, for what has become a traditional appointment. On this occasion visitors can also enjoy and explore a new area which has been restored to its original purpose.

The polverista, situated at the Ferramolino Cavalier, was built around 1860 by the British Forces. It is divided in two sections. The shifting lobby was used as a dressing room for soldiers, while the Magazine was used to store gun powder. The powder was kept in silk bags closed in wood cases covered with zinc.

The wooden floor was also restored to its original state, and other wood objects lost over time were reconstructed to compliment this project. Visitors can now enjoy and understand better the usage of such polverista.

A number of activities will also be organised on the day. Two masses will be celebrated at the Chapel of the Nativity of the Virgin and at the Chapel of St Anne at 10.00am and 12.00pm respectively. The upper part of Fort St Angelo managed by the Sovereign Military Order of Malta will be open to the general public throughout the day.

During the day re-enactment groups, Compagnia San Michele, Show of Arms and the Malta Historical Fencing Association will animate the site with their activities while there will be also the participation of the Royal Naval Association Malta. Other attractions on the day are archery and the Birds of Prey display by Fridericus Rex Malta.

Another attraction within the fort is an exhibition entitled de Valette’s armour and fighting sword reunited. This exhibition brings together, for the first time in over 450 years, a number of items that belonged to Grand Master de Valette and which were most probably used during the epic Great Siege of 1565. The exhibition includes three pieces of armour, a hat and a fighting sword.

In the afternoon, thanks to the fort’s strategic position at the tip of Vittoriosa, visitors can also view the traditional Regatta held every year in the Grand Harbour.

Those who will use their own transport can park at Fortini’s football ground or at De La Salle College.

Fort St Angelo will open between 9.00am and 6.30pm, last admission at 6.00pm, for the price of €2 per person.

 

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