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Fort Chambray, Ghajnsielem

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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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  • Initially, we thought to acquire property in this collective. Nothing to say about his management nor arhitecture, it is above all an opportunity for investment in the future or the site will retain a su views Comino and Malta. However on reflection, we abandoned the idea because across the Harbour, another less austere, not to say more elegant set is for sure a better buy for the future. If this is for vacation, Fort Chambray is a very good choice, great pool and breakfast. If you do not want to drive, taxis are very nice and prices quite reasonable.
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  • Advantages 1. The view is awesome!! 2. could see stars in the night sky. 3. large size room and living room porch!! 4. clean the floor marble La. .. 5. send mail until you get right after you confirm will be happy to answer your zoom 6. You can eat the meat, etc. from the veranda Grill (gas-la side) & ovens nice disadvantages 1. A 15-minute walk to supermarket and bus stop distance (see the chapter on the bus ride from Victoria to more relaxed) 2. Towels smell of antiquity and the m 3. Cleaning do not clean the rain got clean and. .. I have black hair but blond hair on the floor ... 4. salt was added after so officials with dirt ... (Taken from the plane, salt and pepper) 5. There is evidence of this in the main pool area administered invisible (November) so that disabled
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  • Spent two weeks here in August 2015 with our two teenage children, the apartment was very nice, however we were told it had a sofa bed, which it didn't and a washing machine, not there either. The apa...  more »
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  • 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!
  • 5 Star Holiday in Luxury. An experience, not just a holiday.
  • Great place to visit. there is a lot of history here. Excellent views from various points. Clean and friendly people around. There is a awesome view of the harbour from here.
  • Enjoy history while relaxing.
  • Family stayed here for a week when coming to visit - very nicely maintained! Pool with easily the best view on Gozo.