The fortifications of Malta are considered among the best examples of military architecture anywhere in the world

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“A nineteenth-century author wrote, “there is not a more complete system of fortifications extant, in any part of the world, than the cordon of defensive structures at Malta

The fortifications of Malta are considered among the best examples of military architecture anywhere in the world. They are a result of the Maltese islands’ strategic position and natural harbours, which have made them very desirable for various powers. Malta’s fortifications were built over thousands of years from around 1500 BC to the mid-20th century. The islands contain a number of walled cities, citadels, forts, towers, batteries, redoubts, entrenchments and pillboxes.

 

In his 1893 book The Story of Malta, Maturin Murray Ballou wrote that “there is not a more complete system of fortifications extant, in any part of the world, than the cordon of defensive structures at Malta.”

 

The British architect Quentin Hughes referred to Malta’s fortifications as “for sheer concentration and majesty quite unmatched”, while judge and historian Giovanni Bonello said that “nowhere in the world are fortifications more extensive, more impressive, more outstanding than they are in Malta.”

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