De Redin towers

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The De Redin Towers are a series of thirteen small fortified watch towers that Grand Master Martin de Redin of the Knights of Malta built on the island of Malta between the year 1658 and 1659. The towers are in sight of each other, and provided a communication link between Gozo and Grand Harbour, in addition to functioning as watchtowers against attack by Corsairs.

The design is based on the design of the last of the five Lascaris towers, the Sciuta (Xuta) tower (1640) at Wied iz-Zurrieq, that Grand Master Giovanni Paolo Lascaris, de Redin's predecessor, had built. The locals refer to both the five Lascaris towers and the thirteen de Redin towers as "de Redin towers".

Many of the towers still exist in good condition today and most are accessible to the public.

List of the towers[edit]

These are the de Redin towers in chronological order of construction.

  1. Għajn Ħadid Tower, Selmun, Mellieħa
  2. Għallis Tower, Salina, Naxxar
  3. St. Mark's Tower or Qalet Marku Tower
  4. Madliena Tower, Madliena, Swieqi
  5. St.Julians Tower, Sliema
  6. Aħrax (White) Tower, L-Aħrax, Mellieħa
  7. Bengħisa Tower, Ħal Far
  8. Triq Il-WiesgĦa Tower
  9. Xrob l-Għaġin Tower, Xrob l-Għaġin, Marsaxlokk
  10. Delimara Tower, Delimara, Marsaxlokk
  11. Żonqor Tower, Żonqor, Marsaskala
  12. Ħamrija Tower
  13. Wardija Tower

Bibliography[edit]

  • Spiteri, Stephen C. (1989), The Knights' Fortifications, Valletta: Book Distributors Ltd. 
  • Hughes, Quentin (2001), Fortresses of the Knights, Valletta: Said International