Wardija Tower

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Wardija Tower
Torri tal-Wardija
Part of the De Redin towers
Żurrieq, Malta
Wardija tower 2.jpg
Wardija Tower viewed from the north
Coordinates35°49′9.5″N 14°28′23.2″E / 35.819306°N 14.473111°E / 35.819306; 14.473111
TypeCoastal watchtower
Site information
OwnerGovernment of Malta
Controlled byPrivate tenant
Open to
the public
No
ConditionIntact
Site history
Built byOrder of Saint John
MaterialsLimestone

Wardija Tower (Maltese: Torri tal-Wardija), originally known as Torre della Guardia di Giorno[1] and also known as Bubaqra Tower (Maltese: Torri ta' Bubaqra),[2] is a small watchtower in the limits of Żurrieq, Malta. It was completed in June 1659 as the thirteenth of the De Redin towers.[3]

Wardija Tower was the last coastal watchtower to be built on the main island of Malta. It is situated between Żurrieq and Ħal Far, with the nearest tower to it being Sciuta Tower to the west.

The tower follows the standard design of the De Redin towers, having a square plan with two floors and a turret on the roof, but it is slightly smaller. It was originally armed with 2 cannons and 2 mortars.

Wardija Tower viewed from the south

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ġrajjet Malta - It-Tielet Ktieb (in Maltese) (4 ed.). Sliema: Department of Education. 2006. p. 81.
  2. ^ Zammit, Vincent (1992). Il-Gran Mastri - Ġabra ta' Tagħrif dwar l-Istorja ta' Malta fi Żmienhom - L-Ewwel Volum 1530-1680 (in Maltese). Valletta: Valletta Publishing & Promotion Co. Ltd. p. 236.
  3. ^ "Palace & Towers". Żurrieq Local Council. Retrieved 29 May 2015.

Further reading[edit]

  • Hughes, Quentin (1993). Malta. A guide to the fortifications. Said International. p. 95. ISBN 9990943-07-9.
  • Spiteri, Stephen C. (1989), The Knights' Fortifications, Valletta: Book Distributors Ltd.
  • Hughes, Quentin (2001), Fortresses of the Knights, Valletta: Said International.

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