The Malta Independent 23 February 2020, Sunday

Heritage Trail On the British in Malta

Malta Independent Monday, 5 November 2007, 00:00 Last update: about 7 years ago

Heritage Malta is organising a Heritage Trail on the British in Malta to highlight the British period. The trail will mainly focus on the fortifications that were built during the 164 years of British rule as well as other important buildings, such as the Naval Bakery which now houses the Malta Maritime Museum.

The trail starts from the chapel of the ‘Madonna tal-Lettera’ at Bingemma overlooking the lush Bingemma valley and the Punic tombs. Participants will walk along part of the Victoria Lines, a series of fortifications spanning some 12 kilometres built by the British Armed Forces in Malta between 1870 and 1899. They consist of four principal forts, a number of gun batteries and a continuous infantry line of defence which follows the contour of the great fault that cuts across Malta from coast to coast between Fomm ir-Rih and Madliena. The participants will also visit one of these forts, Fort Madalena, a typical polygonal enclosure fortification, built in 1878.

The group will then proceed to the Malta Maritime Museum in Vittoriosa with a detailed explanation on the British section of the museum which focuses on the Royal Navy and Malta covering the period from the Napoleonic wars until relatively recent times.

The trail will take place on Sunday. Transport departs from in front of the Phoenicia Hotel at 9am returning at about 1pm. As the number of places for this event is limited one should book a ticket at Lm5 (Euro 11.65) from Judy Camilleri at the Heritage Malta head office in Merchants Street, Valletta. For further information contact Mario Casha on 2295 4307.

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