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Santa Marija Tower

Comino's only fortification

Santa Marija tower in Comino, was built in 1618 by Grandmaster de Wignacourt on a site that is 80 metres above sea-level, as part of the chain of towers that provided defence and communication between the two larger islands of Malta and Gozo. 

The tower is 12 metres high, and has a squarish plan with four turrets in the corner. Its walls are around six metres thick and the tower is surrounded by a thick, high rubble wall giving the impression that it was bordered by a ditch. In the movie The Count of Monte Cristo, Santa Marija Tower featured as the infamous prison of Chateau d'If.

Santa Marija Tower was restored by Din l-Art Helwa in 2004 and is open to the public on  from April to end of October when the flag is flying.

Comino Building Fortification Santa Marija Tower, Comino UNESCO site ? no Wendnesday - Sunday : 10:30 and 15:00 (Closed on Thursday) +356 2122 0358
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