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Fort Rinella, Kalkara

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Step back in time and see one of the fiercest weapons of the Victorian era at Fort Rinella. Completed in 1886, the fort was intended to protect British interests in the Mediterranean and safeguard shipping routes through the Suez Canal to India. Relatively small, the fort still packed a punch thanks to its 100-ton Armstrong gun, the largest muzzle-loading piece of artillery ever made. To give visitors a sense of the Empire era, volunteers of the Malta Heritage Trust offer guided tours and stage reenactments of life in the 19th century British army. You can also watch swordsmanship displays, cavalry shows, and artillery firing. Check the schedule of events online. By using our Kalkara itinerary builder, you can arrange your visit to Fort Rinella and other attractions in Kalkara.
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  • The site is located overlooking Valletta but the half hour it takes to get there is very much worth the effort. Smiling, the guides and extras in military costume Victorian home, a very knowledgeable guide who you leads in the attractions and Museum and explains everything in detail, with a small note humor. Opportunity to shoot with a Martini Henry rifle or even put to fire a cannon of the Victorian Navy. The Museum gives a good idea of life in the British army, and, in addition, at the end of the tour, the guide makes you a description of the horse, which was his interest in the army, all on horses saved from slaughter by the Museum. If I could get a sixth star, I would!
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  • Do not miss this experience, this is living history at it's best! From the time we arrived last week at 11.20 till we left at 4.20pm, we were captivated by the two young men that greeted us and Antoin...  more »
  • The Rinella Fortress is often overlooked because it is a bit off route and has a lot of competion from Valletta's other highlight like Fort St. Elmo and Fort St. Angelo. Still Rinella has some unique ...  more »
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  • Great place, worth to visit. You can both see a life military shows and the real 102 tonnes gun, which is suprasingly used once a year. Behind the story of the Fort you will find out the importance of Malta in the early XX century and relate it to the opening of Suez channel. I strongly recommend.
  • An amazing time in a place dedicated to history.
  • Absolutely brilliant day out, fired a martini Henry carbine and a cannon at the end. Informative and educational too.
  • Excellent experience, informative and educational. Even got to fire a musket. Will go again.
  • Brilliant work by volunteers. Fort in excellent shape. Great explanations.