The view of the The Bastions
The bastions of Mdina are literally the highlights of a visit to this old city. From high above on the fortification walls one has a commanding view over the larger parts of the landscape of Malta.
It really is a panoramic view. Except on a cloudy day in winter one may also be able to see the cliffs of Pozzallo in Sicily and when one is really lucky also the white top of Mount Etna. In summer one may also see the harbour lights of Pozzallo which are only 60 miles (97 km) away.
Bastions and gates are:
- St. Peter bastion, also known as Greek Bastion, built in the 1550s during the tenure of Magistrate Juan de Homedes y Coscon;
- De Redin Bastion, built in the 1650s during the tenure of Magistrate Martin de Redin;
- De Homedis Bastion, also known as St. Paul Bastion or Belgruardo del Palacio, was built between 1540 and 1551 during the tenure of Magistrate Juan de Homedes y Coscon.
- Despuig Bastion, was built in the 1740s during the tenure of Magistrate Despuig;
- St. Mary’s Bastion or Ta’ Bachar Bastion, which was built in the 16th century;
- The Gharreqin Gate was built by the British in the 19th century, opened in 1890s and is located within the defensive wall (curtain wall);
- Mdina Gate / main gate, the gate was originally built in the Middle Ages, the present Vilhena Gate was finished in 1724;
- Greek Gate, the gate was originally built in the Middle Ages and the present gate was finished in 1724.
Read also the Fortification of Mdina.
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