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Perellos Redoubt (Maltese: Ridott ta' Perellos) was a redoubt in Salina Bay, limits of St. Paul's Bay, Malta. It was built by the Order of Saint John in 1715-1716 as one of a series of coastal fortifications around the coasts of the Maltese Islands. It was demolished after the Second World War.

Perellos Redoubt
Ridott ta' Perellos
St. Paul's Bay, Malta
Coordinates35°56′58.1″N 14°25′24.6″E / 35.949472°N 14.423500°E / 35.949472; 14.423500
TypeRedoubt
Site information
OwnerGovernment of Malta
Site history
Built1715–1716
Built byOrder of Saint John
MaterialsLimestone
FateDemolished after World War II

HistoryEdit

 
Boathouses built on the site of the redoubt

Perellos Redoubt was built between 1715 and 1716 as part of the Order of Saint John's first building program of coastal fortifications. It was one of two redoubts defending Salina Bay. The redoubt on the other side of the bay, known as Ximenes Redoubt, is still intact.[1]

The redoubt was named after Grand Master Ramon Perellos y Roccaful. The redoubt consisted of a pre-existing mandrague which was converted into a blockhouse,[2] and a rectangular enclosure with a high parapet wall designed to protect infantrymen. The latter was similar to the design of Ximenes Redoubt, but it also had a small bastion on a corner of its perimeter wall.[3]

After 1741, a fougasse was built inside the redoubt. In 1785 it did not have any armament, equipment or munitions.

A concrete beach post was built over the remains of the redoubt in World War II. The remains were demolished after the war, and the site of the redoubt is now occupied by boat houses. The fougasse possibly still exists buried under these boat houses.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Pullicino, George (28 February 2011). "Adding salt to the pans". Times of Malta. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  2. ^ Farrugia Randon, Stanley (2015). Heritage Saved – Din l-Art Ħelwa – 1965–2015. Luqa: Miller Distributors Ltd. p. 118. ISBN 9789995752132.
  3. ^ Spiteri, Stephen C. (10 April 2010). "18th Century Hospitaller Coastal Batteries". MilitaryArchitecture.com. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  4. ^ Spiteri, Stephen C. (7 September 2012). "Restoring Ximenes Redoubt". MilitaryArchitecture.com. Retrieved 12 April 2015.

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