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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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  • Excellent look at Victorian military history on Malta. Good little food place. fascinating demonstrations. And a bl@@dy big gun!!  more »
  • Do you fancy firing the canon or shooting a rifle? Well this could be your chance! The amazing staff at Fort Rinella are one of its main assets. There's history galore here, but what really gets you i...  more »
  • Visit quite informative. They can catch the wick of the canon by 10 Euros. There are tours every hour in English. You can order a free audioguide leaving an identity document.
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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.