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Saluting Battery, Valletta
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Witness one of the country's most famous traditions at Saluting Battery. For centuries, the battery overlooking the Grand Harbor served as the first line of defense against invaders. Salutes were fired to mark important occasions and holidays, and to welcome foreign dignitaries. Additionally, at exactly noon each day, a shot was fired so captains could calibrate their ship chronographs. The tradition of a noon shot still continues and today is joined with a shot in the evening. Tour the battery, see the preserved cannons, and attend the salute ceremony. Multilingual audio tours are available, as are guided tours in English. You can also book an exclusive after-hours tour via e-mail. Add Saluting Battery to your Valletta travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Valletta vacation route planner.
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  • Enjoyed this very much. Wasn't expecting it. We just happened to Turn up at 12pm. It was impressive seeing the gun being used. 
  • The battery has been very well restored and is an excellent place to visit. At only 3 Euros it is very good value for money. After witnessing the midday firing, Alfred took a small group of us on a 20...  more »
  • We were on the Upper Barrakka Gardens on a sunny December day. Enjoying a great view of the Harbour, we were not fully aware of the noon gun salute. it was by happenstance that we heard the short expl...  more »
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  • 2 times a day, the canon marks the hours. The entrance includes a visit of some cells where you can see how gunpowder was stored and other things related to gun firing. A nice view of the harbour to top it all.
  • This gun fires every day at noon - a really interesting historic experience.
  • Great spot with a pretty view of the Grand Harbor. May have the most grass of anywhere in the country!
  • Amazing view and great spot , the cannon is fired at 12.00 -4.00pm.
  • Lovely peaceful spot with stunning views.