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Fort Chambray, Ghajnsielem

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3.8/5 based on 15+ reviews on the web
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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  • Well worth the walk. Take in the old battlements, look down to find ancient soldiers graves, the old mess rooms and soldiers billets. Half of Fort Chambre is now tastefully developed into holiday home...  read more »
  • Of course the pool water is not clear, the depth only 1.2 metres and in some corner it's slippery, but nothing dramatic. One thousand square meters (approximately) of empty swimming pool or by other users who can be counted on the fingers, a view of the island of Malta, umbrellas and sunbeds galore, a truly exceptional enjoyment! Nice apartment, well equipped, spacious, at a price (165 per day x 4 beds in 2 bedrooms + kitchen and roof terrace) not saving, but amply justified by the overall service offered. If you can not miss it!
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  • I rented a duplex in this holiday complex. The scenery was fantastic. We used the communial pool. My kids enjoyed swimming in pool. In eve there were restaurants were we could eat in the nearby villag...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Family stayed here for a week when coming to visit - very nicely maintained! Pool with easily the best view on Gozo.
  • Amazing location
  • A pretty cool location!
  • Paradise is probably closest to call this place!
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