Captain's Tower

Captain's Tower (Maltese: Torri tal-Kaptan) is a tower in Naxxar, Malta. It was built sometime after 1548 by the Order of Saint John. Today, the tower is in good condition.

Captain's Tower
Torri tal-Kaptan
Naxxar, Malta
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View of the Captain's Tower
Coordinates35°55′14.5″N 14°26′32.8″E / 35.920694°N 14.442444°E / 35.920694; 14.442444
Site information
Open to
the public
Site history
Builtc. 1550s
Built byOrder of Saint John


Captain's House and Tower after restoration and renovation

The Captain's Tower was built by the Order of Saint John to house the Captain of the Naxxar militia. It was built during the magistracy of Jean Parisot de Valette, after the Order unsuccessfully tried to requisition the nearby Gauci Tower in 1548. The Captain's Tower is one of the earliest Hospitaller fortifications in Malta.[1]

The tower's design is similar to the Gauci Tower as well as earlier Hospitaller towers in Rhodes.[2] The tower consists of a square plan with three floors. It contains a number of box machicolations, and a columbaria which housed carrier pigeons to relay messages to Mdina or Valletta.

The Tower and the house built with it were used as a temporary hospital during the plaque epidemic of 1675-6.[3]

The Captain's Tower lost most of its defensive value by the late 17th century, due to the construction of new fortifications such as the Wignacourt, Lascaris and De Redin towers.[2]

Present dayEdit

Today, the Captain's Tower is in good condition. It is privately owned and is not open to the public.[4]


  1. ^ "Naxxar's Torre Gauci". Times of Malta. 28 February 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b Spiteri, Stephen C. "Naxxar and its fortifications". Archived from the original on 2016-01-16. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  3. ^ Micallef, Joseph (2015). Il-Pesta tal-1676 – 11,300 Mewta (in Maltese). BDL Publishing. p. 57. ISBN 978-99957-46-55-1.
  4. ^ "Captain's Tower" (PDF). National Inventory of the Cultural Property of the Maltese Islands. 28 June 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 April 2016. Retrieved 25 July 2015.

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