Vittoriosa's Fort Angelo to be restored
Former glory to be given to this historical fort
Fort St. Angelo has been dominating the landscape of the Vittoriosa waterfront for many centuries. Although very beautiful, this building is quite run down as little attention has been given to its upkeep. But the time has come to bring this fort back to its former glory. The Planning Authority has granted three conservation permits to Heritage Malta, who is responsible for the restoration.
Fort St. Angelo was built somewhere between the 12th and the 13th century, the exact date is not known. When the Knights of St. John came to Malta, they settled in Birgu, making Fort St Angelo the seat of the Grand Master. This is a historical piece of military architecture with its fortified walls. Some parts of the fort were leased to the Order of the Knights of St. John, forming an independent state over which Malta has no jurisdiction over.
Most of this Vittoriosa fort had been closed off as areas of it became unsafe. However, the Maltese government has managed to obtain €13 million in EU funds in order to be able to carry out archaeological research and restoration works. There will be also the installation of specialised equipment to turn it into a great museum experience for visitors to Fort St. Angelo.