Constructed by the Knights of St. John in the late 16th century, Fort St. Elmo was strategically positioned to command the entrance to the Grand Harbour, providing a crucial defense against potential invaders. Its significance was illuminated during the Great Siege of Malta in 1565, when the fortress became a battleground of heroic resistance against the Ottoman Empire’s relentless onslaught.
The valiant stand of the knights and Maltese soldiers within the walls of Fort St. Elmo bought precious time for reinforcements, contributing to the eventual defeat of the Ottoman forces. This pivotal moment in history not only preserved Malta’s sovereignty but also solidified the fortress’s reputation as a symbol of courage and tenacity.
The architecture of Fort St. Elmo is a testament to its military heritage, featuring imposing ramparts, bastions, and a striking star-shaped design.
Beyond its historical significance, Fort St. Elmo continues to play a role in contemporary Malta. It houses the National War Museum, where artifacts and exhibits chronicle Malta’s military history and honor the sacrifices of those who defended the island.
P.S. Fort St. Elmo also became a famous spot for filming movies. Some of the famous ones being Game of Thrones, World War Z and Murder on the Orient Express.
How do I get there?
Fort St. Elmo is conveniently located on the outskirts of Valletta’s walls, just over 10 minutes away from The Embassy Valletta Hotel. Alternatively, our front office team would be more than happy to order a taxi for you.
Picture taken from: planetofhotels.com