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Entrance of the Lascaris War Rooms Valletta
The Lascaris War Rooms

Lascaris bastions, The Lascaris War Rooms are now, in a museum format, a representation of the former command centre of the British (navy, army and air force) and the Allied Mediterranean Forces. It was nicknamed 'The Hole', since they were built in a system of tunnels dug by the Order of St John and used as accommodation for slaves.
The British started work on the secret underground operations rooms in 1940.
After the war, it became the Headquarters of the Royal Navy's Mediterranean Fleet.

During the Suez crisis of 1956 and during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 (Soviet missile strike against Malta was feared).

The complex was taken over by NATO in 1967. It was used as a strategic Communication Centre for the interception of Soviet submarines in the Mediterranean. The communication center was closed in 1977.
Opening hours
Mondays till Saturday
10:00 - 16:30

Last admission

Ticket / admission fee

Childeren (5-15 yrs)
€ 7.00
Adults (16+ yrs)
€ 14.00
€ 12.00
Family (2 Adults & 3 Childeren)
€ 2.00

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An audio guide is available in 10 languages - English, Dutch, German, Spanish, French, Italian, , Arabic, Russian, Maltese, Danish, Chinese and Japanese.

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The tunnel to the war rooms.

By using radio communication, radar stations, etc, possible attacks were intercepted by the German and Italian troops during the WWII.

Around 750 people worked here in the rooms en 250 soldiers were stationed here during the WWII.
From this headquarters was coordinated the operations of Malta, the Mediterranean Fleet and Operation Husky (Allied invasion of Sicily in 1943).

You can see the different spaces such as map room, radio room, telephone room, etc. Background information is also provided.

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