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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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  • Unfortunately it was raining when i went to the Saluting Battery which put a slight dampener on the proceedings, but it was still an enjoyable visit. The guns are impressive and produce clouds of smok...  more »
  • We missed the battery by around 10 minutes which can be accessed via the upper Barracca Gardens yet it was well worth the visit for the scenic views alone Will upload photos when I return to the UK  more »
  • This is well worth a visit, bit of ceremony with the firing of the gun at 12 noon. Also excellent views from here over Valetta harbour. It does get very busy so turn up a bit before to get the best vi...  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.