Saint Peter's Battery

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Saint Peter's Battery
Batterija ta' San Pietru
Part of the French blockade batteries
Kalkara, Malta
Capuchin Convent & St. Peter's Batteries map.png
Map of St. Peter's Battery in relation to Capuchin Convent Battery, and the then French-occupied Fort San Salvatore and Cottonera Lines
Coordinates35°53′14.3″N 14°32′14.8″E / 35.887306°N 14.537444°E / 35.887306; 14.537444
TypeArtillery battery
Site history
Builtc. 1798
Built byMaltese insurgents
In usec. 1798–1800
MaterialsLimestone
FateDemolished
Battles/warsSiege of Malta (1798–1800)

Saint Peter's Battery (Maltese: Batterija ta' San Pietru) was an artillery battery in Kalkara, Malta, built by Maltese insurgents during the French blockade of 1798–1800. It was part of a chain of batteries, redoubts and entrenchments encircling the French positions in Marsamxett and the Grand Harbour.

The battery was located about 300m to the rear of Capuchin Convent Battery, and was probably manned by militia from Żejtun. It possibly had a vaulted underground chamber which served as a barracks. Other details about the battery or its armament are unknown.

Like the other French blockade fortifications, St. Peter's Battery was dismantled, possibly sometime after 1814. No traces of it can be seen today.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Spiteri, Stephen C. (May 2008). "Maltese 'siege' batteries of the blockade 1798–1800" (PDF). Arx – Online Journal of Military Architecture and Fortification (6): 29. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 May 2016. Retrieved 30 March 2015.