Blat Mogħża Tower

Blat Mogħża Tower (Maltese: Torri ta' Blat Mogħża), also known as Ta' Capra Tower (Maltese: Torri ta' Capra), was a small watchtower in Fomm ir-Riħ, limits of Mġarr, Malta. It was one of the Lascaris towers.

Blat Mogħża Tower
Torri ta' Blat Mogħża
Part of the Lascaris towers
Mġarr, Malta
Coordinates35°54′54.5″N 14°20′11.5″E / 35.915139°N 14.336528°E / 35.915139; 14.336528
TypeCoastal watchtower
Site history
Builtc. 1637
Built byOrder of Saint John
In usec. 1637–18th century
MaterialsLimestone
FateCollapsed, c. 1730

Blat Mogħża Tower was built sometime during the reign of Giovanni Paolo Lascaris on the site of a medieval watch post.[1] Its design was probably similar to Lippija and Għajn Tuffieħa Towers, which were built in 1637. It would have had Lippija and Nadur Towers in its line of sight.

The tower was built on the edge of a cliff face, which began to subside. According to the Order's engineer Charles François de Mondion, the tower was in ruins by 1730.[2] It was never rebuilt.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Zammit, Vincent (1984). "Fortifications in the Middle Ages". Civilization. Ħamrun: PEG Ltd. 1: 33.
  2. ^ Spiteri, Stephen C. "Naxxar and its fortifications". MilitaryArchitecture.com. Archived from the original on 2016-01-16. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  3. ^ Spiteri Gingell, John (25 April 2010). "Għajn Żnuber structure not Knights era tower". Times of Malta. Retrieved 22 June 2015.