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Reduced admission at Fort St Angelo on Victory Day

On September 8, Fort St Angelo will be open to the public for €2 to celebrate Victory Day. Visitors can also explore the restored polverista at the Ferramolino Cavalier

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Amy Micallef Decesare
6 September 2017, 11:53am
Fort St. Angelo, Birgu
Fort St. Angelo, Birgu
On September 8, Heritage Malta will be opening Fort St Angelo for a reduced price of €2 on the occasion of Victory Day. Visitors may also enjoy and explore a brand new area, the polverista, which has been restored to its original purpose.

The polverista, situated at the Ferramolino Cavalier, was built around 1860 by the British Forces. Divided into 2 sections, the shifting lobby was used as a dressing room for soldiers and the Magazine was used to store gun powder. The powder was kept in silk bags closed in wood cases covered with zinc.

The wooden floor was also restored to its original state, and other wood objects lost over time were reconstructed to compliment this project.

On the day, a number of activities will also be organised. These include two masses, which will be celebrated at the Chapel of the Nativity of the Virgin and at the Chapel of St Anne at 10.00am and 12.00pm respectively. Also, the upper part of Fort St Angelo managed by the Sovereign Military Order of Malta will be open to the general public throughout the day.

During the day re-enactment groups, Compagnia San Michele, Show of Arms and the Malta Historical Fencing Association will animate the site with their acitivities and the Royal Naval Association Malta will also be participating. Other attractions on the day include archery and the Birds of Prey display by Fridericus Rex Malta.

Another attraction within the fort is an exhibition entitled de Valette’s armour and fighting sword reunited. This exhibition brings together, for the first time in over 450 years, a number of items that belonged to Grand Master de Valette, which were probably used during the epic Great Siege of 1565. The exhibition includes three pieces of armour, a hat and a fighting sword.

In the afternoon, thanks to the fort’s strategic position at the tip of Vittoriosa, visitors can also view the traditional Regatta held every year in the Grand Harbour.

Those using their own can park at Fortini’s football ground or at De La Salle College.

Fort St Angelo will open between 9.00am and 6.30pm, last admission at 6.00pm, for €2 per person.

More information about this event and other events organised by Heritage Malta can be obtained from the agency’s website, www.heritagemalta.org, or from the Facebook official page.

The restored polverista
The restored polverista
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