Dwejra Tower, San Lawrenz

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Dwejra Tower, sometimes known as Qawra Tower, is a small watchtower in Dwejra Bay, limits of San Lawrenz on the island of Gozo in Malta. It was completed in 1652, and is one of the Lascaris towers. Today, it is in good condition and is open to the public.
It is one of four surviving coastal watchtowers in Gozo, with the others being Xlendi Tower, Mġarr ix-Xini Tower and Isopu Tower.
The Dwejra Tower was built in 1652 during the magistracy of Grand Master Giovanni Paolo Lascaris, and was funded by the Università of Gozo. It is one of the Lascaris towers, and the intention behind its construction was for it to act as a watchtower and guard the surrounding areas from oncoming enemies, most especially pirate landings. This tower, just like the other towers, could communicate to nearby defence fortifications through fire and smoke, at night and during the day respectively. The expenses for running the tower were covered by producing salt from the salt pans near it. It was equipped with three 6-pounder guns in the eighteenth century. In 1744, Grand Master Pinto made going to the Fungus Rock illegal because a fungus which grew there was believed to have medicinal powers, and Dwejra Tower was used as a lookout to prevent anyone climbing on the islet.
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  • The views from the top of the tower are wonderful and antiques and information inside are informative.  more »
  • The tower is another off the coastal defences built around Malta and Gozo. Unfortunately we didn't have time to go in but the views are stunning and must he pretty spectacular after climbing the tower  more »
  • A throwback on rural life and defence of a small island. Must visit if you are a history enthusiast
  • An under visited and quite nice piece of a visit to Dwerja. Prior to swimming, we did walking both directions along the coast. The tower visit provided an excellent physical example of a Khights' defensive tower, the video provided good discussion of the area (the Fungus Rock, the geology, etc ...), and a very pleasant welcome from the (too lonely) staff in the tower. Dwejra (Blue Hole, Inland Sea, Dwejra Bay) is really worth a full day's time -- to relax, see, learn. And, in that day, make sure to take the time to walk up and see the tower.

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