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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  • August 17, 2017
    A tradition to see, either at 12: 00 to 16: 00. You can see the shot from the top of the balcony, or pay in order to be closer to the scene (small photograph with the cannons :)).
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  • August 17, 2017
    It is a very good experience. For 3 euro you can see this tradition. After the ceremony there is an interesting guided tour (included in the price). Our guide, Alfred, was very funny and prepared.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    We mainly went to watch the gun being fired at midday, this you can do without having to pay, but we decided to pay and for this you get to go close to the gun as its fired to feel the concussion and ...  more »
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  • June 28, 2017
    BUUM!!! everyday at 16.00 :) Thank you guys for preserving this unusual tradition.
  • February 10, 2017
    Beautiful day at this really lovely spot. A full gun salute with all the ceremony of St Paul's day, one of the must visit spots. We then did the tour of the war rooms (not Lascelles) you do get to see some interesting extra bits but make sure it is a small group. The guides are very good and knowledgable.
  • March 24, 2017
    Lovely view!!!! Ps. Just make sure of cannon times before you wait, because they did not fire when we where there... everyone stood waiting but nothing happend......
  • April 30, 2017
    Quite nice, although when I was there at 4pm only one of the cannons was fired.
  • March 19, 2017
    It is a traditional event from time. From here you will also have a good view of Malta.

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The small city of Valetta offers fewer lodging options than some of Malta's larger cities, but accommodations include everything from upscale hotels to less-expensive guesthouses. Stay in the city center at one of several old-fashioned hotels to be in close proximity to sights like St. Johns Co-Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, multiple museums, and a wide variety of restaurants. One fun option involves renting traditional Valletta houses that have been converted into rental properties and date back to the time of the Knights of Malta. Smaller bed and breakfasts are dispersed throughout the city. Book well in advance to avoid high prices.
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