Fort Chambray, Ghajnsielem

Fort Chambray or Fort Chambrai, is a bastioned fort situated in the precincts of Għajnsielem, on the island of Gozo, Malta. This fortress was built in the area of Ras it-Tafal which is situated between the port of Mġarr and Xatt l-Aħmar. Some buildings within the fort were demolished but the outer bastions and some barracks still survive.HistoryOrder of Saint JohnThe possibility of building a fort west of Mġarr had been investigated back in 1599 by Giovanni Rinaldi, however he rejected the proposal since the site was dominated by higher terrain in the north and the limestone in the area was too soft to build a good fortress. The construction of a fort there was reconsidered again in 1714 and the French engineer Jacob de Tigné made a design, however construction was postponed indefinitely due to a lack of funding.Eventually, Jacques François de Chambray was appointed Governor of Gozo in 1749, a post which he retained to his death in 1756. He agreed to finance the building of the fort, and it was named after him. Construction commenced that same year in 1749, and by 1757 the land front of the fort was largely complete.The fort was originally intended to be a new fortified city like Valletta, and eventually the new capital of Gozo instead of the Cittadella. The project was unsuccessful because by the time construction started, Berber and Turkish marauders were no longer a major threat and people began feeling safer living in the rural areas. While the fort was built, it never developed into a city as planned.
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  • July 27, 2017
    A great place to visit for a photo shoot (many wedding parties stop here to take pictures). Also a great place to stay if you can let one of the many apartments. There are several pools (for the tenan...  more »
  • July 22, 2017
    A great view of Camino and Malta and this is the only point to note to make a nice picture. Otherwise, a fort dating back to 1600 something apparently between site and holiday home this fort became a kind of large residence.
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  • July 16, 2017
    > Antiquity meets luxury < after completion of the construction phase 2 (2016) there are many apartments and villas are rented out partly to holidaymakers, and a beautiful outdoor area with several pools. In the construction phase 3 are shops, restaurants and a hotel. As far as we have noticed, only residents or tenants in the facility are allowed!
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  • July 10, 2017
    Wonderful complex. We hired a room off air bnb and we're very happy. Views from the fort are spectacularly
  • June 4, 2017
    I really love the scenery here. So peaceful and so nice. There is also a beach not very far away.
  • June 14, 2017
    Good to spend 5-15 minutes while you wait for the ferry.
  • July 20, 2016
    Great complex for a very relaxing holiday. Make sure you stay in an apartment with terrace close to main pool and an open sea view. Spectacular!
  • November 15, 2016
    5 Star Holiday in Luxury. An experience, not just a holiday.

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