Wignacourt Tower

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March, 2018

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Noted as the oldest coastal defence post in Malta, this is an interesting building with an upstairs room set out as it would have been in early 17th century when the soldier in charge had to live there. It is just €2 each entry, not always open as staffed by a volunteer but along the main path around St Paul’s Bay so easy to pop round to check.

Many of these towers have been destroyed over the years, but this one just lost the original external stone staircase to enter on the first floor, a new entrance now on the ground floor. There is a very narrow, steep winding staircase up to first floor and roof so a bit difficult if you are not very mobile, but definitely worth going up there for the fantastic views around the Bay and across to St Paul’s Island.

It is a fascinating little museum including a short video film, and the artefacts are laid out so that you can see what it would have been like to be billeted there. Named after Grand Master Alof de Wignacourt who commissioned it, it is a reminder of how significant Malta has been in many conflicts over the centuries, a key point for invaders from all sides.


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