Author: Simon Mifsud

While exploring the Aħrax peninsula using satellite imagery available on the internet, one can notice the remains of three pentagonal structures located in the middle of Ramla tal-Bir, Ramla tal-Qortin and Armier Bay. The pentagonal plan of these structures stands out from the surrounding Aħrax coastal landscape. As shown in the accompanying image, their pentagonal plan is distinctive amid the adjacent rectangular terraced fields. These pentagonal structures are Hospitaller coastal redoubts constructed between 1714 and 1716. They represent a form of military fortification widely used by the French in the settecento. The plan of these fortifications was based on the…

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