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This article is about the redoubt at the centre of Mellieħa Bay. For other redoubts in Mellieħa, see Crivelli Redoubt, Qortin Redoubt and Tal-Bir Redoubt.

Mellieħa Redoubt (Maltese: Ridott tal-Mellieħa) was a redoubt in Mellieħa, Malta. It was built by the Order of Saint John in 1715–1716 as one of a series of coastal fortifications around the Maltese Islands. The redoubt was demolished in the 19th century.

Mellieħa Redoubt
Ridott tal-Mellieħa
Mellieħa, Malta
Coordinates35°58′7.8″N 14°21′2.8″E / 35.968833°N 14.350778°E / 35.968833; 14.350778
TypeRedoubt
Site history
Built1715–1716
Built byOrder of Saint John
MaterialsLimestone
FateDemolished

HistoryEdit

 
View of Għadira Bay, with the site of the redoubt in the centre

Mellieħa Redoubt was built in 1715–1716 as part of the first building programme of coastal fortifications in Malta. It was part of a chain of fortifications that defended Mellieħa Bay, which also included Fedeau and Westreme Batteries and several entrenchments.

Construction of the Mellieħa Redoubt cost about 1644 scudi. It consisted of a pentagonal platform with a low parapet, with rectangular blockhouse located at the centre of its gorge. It was one of the few redoubts which were armed with artillery, and it had four 6-pounder guns in 1770. The gunpowder was stored in the nearby Saint Agatha's Tower.

The redoubt was demolished in the early 19th century to make way for the road leading from Mellieħa to Ċirkewwa.[1] Its stones were used to build the road.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Debono, Charles. "Fortifications - Mellieha Redoubt". Mellieha.com. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  2. ^ Spiteri, Stephen C. (2004–2007). "A general overview of the fortifications in the locality of Mellieha" (PDF). Arx – Online Journal of Military Architecture and Fortification (1–4): 42. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2015.