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Saluting Battery

Saluting BatteryThe Saluting Battery is Valletta's ancient ceremonial platform from where gun salutes are still fired regularly. Equally, the passage of time is marked twice daily from her with gun fire at noon (12.00hrs) and sunset (16.00hrs).

The battery itself is located at one of the capital's highest vantage points from where splendid vistas of the Grand Harbour and its surrounding towns can be enjoyed. Its origins go back to the time when Valletta was built by the Order of St. John in 1566. It remained in constant use, under the Knights, the French and the British in both its defensive and ceremonial roles for the next 400 years. This historic monument has recently been restored to all of its original functions as it stood in the late 19th century, complete with working cannon, artillery stores, gun powder magazine, historic ordnance collection and small museum.

The battery is open for visiting daily between 10am and 5pm. Entrance fee: €2 per adult, Children u/16yrs free (accompanied by a paying adult & except groups).

Audio-guides in 12 different languages for self-guiding are available for a fee of €1

A guided tour in English is offered at 11.00, 12.15 & 15.00hrs.

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