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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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  • This is a great place to stay in Gozo, the surrounding harbour seems like a genuine Gozitan town, predominantly locals unlike other potential spots to stay. The fort is an attraction of it's own - lot...  more »
  • 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 »
  • The apartments are very modern and clean. The view is spectacular the pool is massive I just think it needs more of a clean as slimey on the floor of the pool yak! Such a nice and quiet place perfect ...  more »
  • I really love the scenery here. So peaceful and so nice. There is also a beach not very far away.
  • Good to spend 5-15 minutes while you wait for the ferry.
  • 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.