Constructed in 1552, by military engineer Pietro Prato, this star -shaped fort protected the island during the Ottomans’ forces, who besieged Malta in 1565 and played an important role in the defence of Malta during the Second World War.
Visitors at the Fort St Elmo can experience the impressive grounds of the fort, including the splendid architecture of the two chapels dedicated to St Anne. The National War Museum is divided into six sections and covers 7,000 years of Maltese Military History from the Bronze Age until Malta’s accession in the EU. Notable artefacts include military armour of the Order of St John and the Ottoman Turks. However, the Second World War is the most represented conflict in the museum, with Malta’s award for gallantry, the George Cross, on display.