Manoel Island from the Fortina Spa Resort live camView of Fort Manoel and the yacht marina on Manoel Island

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    • 1 month ago
    • viv

    Hi everyone, if you fancy having a look at Fort Manoel yourself, there's an Open Day coming up. Here is the info I received tonight Hello Viv

    Just to let you know we are organising an open weekend at Fort Manoel on Saturday 8th April and Sunday 9th April from 09:30 until 17:30

    Should you be in Malta you are very welcome to come along and see the Fort including re-enactments and some very interesting lectures.

    Should you also have some memorabilia or wartime photos that you would like to send over please feel free to do so and we will obviously credit you with having sent them in.
    We were lucky enough to have a private visit last year as you all know it is closed to the public. If you are in Malta at this time, go!. It was mostly the facades that were done and the chapel and gun powder magazine. But you have a whole different view/perspective when you are actually looking out from the island towards Valletta and Tigne. The fort was used most recently for Game of Thrones.

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    • 6 months ago
    • Jim Rafferty

    I'm wondering if the pall of smoke on the horizon, near the left side, is anything to do with the explosion currently being reported in Gudja by Times of Malta?
    I'll grab a pic and upload it.

  • avatar
    • 12 months ago
    • viv

    Hi Derek,sorry I don't. Have a look at Midi Fort Manoel, that's who's renovating the fort. Maybe e-mail before you next arrive in Malta and see what they say?

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    • 1 year ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    Viv.thank you for that.do you know when the fort will be open to the public?.

  • avatar
    • 1 year ago
    • viv

    Hi Derek, I've put some photos taken inside Fort Manoel in 'photos'. Daft me, I've uploaded the same one twice lol! Now that I know how to do it I'll put some more on.

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    • 1 year ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    Hi Viv. how did you manage that?do you know when it will be open to the public ?

  • avatar
    • 1 year ago
    • viv

    Hi Derek, unfortunately not! It was a one off but so amazing. Fort Manoel is still undergoing renovation and as such won't be open for quite a while yet. STUNNING!

  • avatar
    • 1 year ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    Viv.I'll expect a full report on the Fort after your visit. are the tour bookable?.

  • avatar
    • 1 year ago
    • viv

    We're going on a guided tour to Fort Manuel on Monday, can't wait!

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    • 1 year ago
    • Ronald John Cutting

    What has happened to the web cam of Sliema Bay from the Fortina Spa? We used to trace the Ferry going to and fro from Sliema Ferries to Valetta.
    My Maltese friends tell me I know more about what is happening than they do and all I do is check the web cams daily. Thank you.

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    • 1 year ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    Hi Folks.another stunning day in Malta .I will have to go on another Luzzo trip around the harbour next time,it is a lovely way to spend an hour or so.

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    • 2 years ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    many thanks M.will give it a go.

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    • 2 years ago
    • Mr. M

    There is going to be an open day at Fort Manoel on the 3rd May. You can go on Facebook and search for it. All donations collected for entering the fort will serve in the restoration of a part of Villa Frere. The tour will be done by Architect Mr. Edward Said.

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    • 2 years ago
    • Juliette

    Hi Derek I have just received an e-mail from the admin at Fort Manoel and it is closed to the public gutted wanted to explore that with my camera. Oh well never mind.

Manoel Island from the Fortina Spa Resort

The stunning Manoel Island (Il-Gżira) is a little island joined by a bridge to the mainland at Gżira within the Marsamxett Harbour (Il-Port ta' Marsamxett); originally known as the Bishop's Island (il-Gżira tal-Isqof), it is today mainly used for naval activities, in the past it has played a different role, in 1643 Jean Paul Lascaris, Grandmaster of the Knights of Malta, here built a lazzaretto in order to keep the terrible plague out of Malta.

The island was named after its majestic star-shaped Fort Manoel (18th century), really a classic example of baroque fortress and military engineering, one of the most remarkable works in Europe; built under the grandmastership of the Portuguese Grand Master António Manoel de Vilhena and designed tо house up tо 500 soldiers, it was once enriched by the baroque chapel of St. Anthony of Padua built in 1727 and the bronze Vilhena's statue; perfectly active until 1906 when the British military left the island, during the Second World War Fort Manoel suffered heavy air attacks that didn't spare part of the fort, the chapel and other buildings around, fortunately the statue has survived and was later removed to a little square in Floriana (Il-Furjana) which is also called "Città Vilhena"; despite the bombardments, Fort Manoel kept its original shape, however in 2006 it underwent restoration works, today partly completed. Fort Manoel continues to proudly overlook the entrance to Marsamxett Harbour where elegant sailing boats and luxurious yachts lie snugly at their berths and enjoy excellent services.

Manoel Island would be undoubtedly better appreciated if admired from the bastions of Valletta (Il-Belt Valletta), really a great emotion!

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