Fort Madalena, Madliena

Fort Madalena, also known as Fort Madliena, is a polygonal fort in Madliena, limits of Swieqi, Malta. It was built between 1878 and 1880 by the British as part of the Victoria Lines. The fort now falls under the responsibility of the Armed Forces of Malta and is used by the St John Rescue Corps.
Fort Madalena was built by the British as part of the Victoria Lines, a line of fortifications along the northern part of Malta, dividing it from the more heavily populated south. It is one of three forts built along the lines, the other two being Fort Binġemma and Fort Mosta.
Fort Madalena, which is located at the eastern extremity of the line, was second of the forts to be built. It was built on the site of a fifteenth century chapel dedicated to Mary Magdalene, which gave the fort its name. Construction of the pentagonal fort began in 1878 and was completed in 1880, at a total cost of £9400. The fort itself is quite small, with the short sides of the pentagon being about 30 metres long. The entire fort is surrounded by a 6-metre deep and 4-metre wide ditch. It was armed with a single RML 11-inch gun, four 64-pounders, two 40-pounders and two field guns. Later on, an artillery battery was built around the pentagonal fort, facing the sea for coastal defence. The battery was armed with two BL 9.2-inch guns.
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  • This slightly off the normal beaten tourist track Fort is located on the high grounds of the upmarket area of Madliena. Access is via recently tarmacked roads which are well sign-posted and parking...  more »
  • Would be better if more of it was open to the public. Guide with all the info you need and a great view at the top. 3 stars if you are interested in history.
  • What an interesting place. Each pace you take, you see something different. It's exciting each time I visit, always something new to see.

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