• city's
  • The city's fortifications were improved over the years, and the northern walls of the city that still stand today were built around the 15th century by the Crown of Aragon. (wikipedia.org)
  • The Italian engineer Francesco Laparelli was sent by the Pope to design the city's fortifications, which were designed along the Italian bastioned system. (wikipedia.org)
  • He was impressed by the warm welcome he received in the traditional ceremony, and on 3 November of the same year he issued orders for restoration of the city's fortifications and renovation of the entire city. (wikipedia.org)
  • Vilhena
  • Vilhena is mostly remembered for the founding of Floriana, the construction of Fort Manoel and the Manoel Theatre, and the renovation of the city of Mdina. (wikipedia.org)
  • 1565
  • The Ottoman Empire managed to capture Tripoli from the Order in 1551, but an attempt to take Malta in 1565 failed. (wikipedia.org)
  • Fourteen years later, in 1565 Suleiman sent an invasion force of about 40,000 men to besiege the 700 knights and 8,000 soldiers and expel them from Malta and gain a new base from which to possibly launch another assault on Europe. (wikipedia.org)
  • Marsamxett
  • The streets in the Manderaggio had a length of around 574 m (1,883 ft), so the area had a road space of around 1,940 m2 (20,900 sq ft) The heights of the buildings in the Manderaggio ranged from around two to three floors in St. Mark Street, four floors in St. Lucia Street, and four or five floors in St. Patrick and Marsamxett Streets. (wikipedia.org)
  • Siege
  • The whole area was savagely bombed during the Second Siege of Malta during World War II, as the docks and military installations around the port were legitimate targets for Axis bombers. (wikipedia.org)
  • engineer
  • To combat this, Grandmaster Sengle brought the engineer Vincenzo Vogo to Malta to upgrade the mills so the population would not starve. (wikipedia.org)
  • Pope Pius V not only helped out financially, but he also sent the Italian military engineer Francesco Laparelli to Malta in order to design the new capital's fortifications. (wikipedia.org)
  • Knights
  • The lines were called the "most ambitious work of fortification ever undertaken by the Knights of St John in Malta", and in fact work was suspended due to a lack of funds in 1680. (wikipedia.org)
  • Lines
  • He is also widely remembered as an architect for designing the Floriana Lines and being the namesake of Floriana. (wikipedia.org)
  • The fortifications were named the Floriana Lines after their architect. (wikipedia.org)
  • At the time the Floriana Lines were still under construction, and a number of weak points had been identified in their original design, especially since the demi-bastions forming the two extremities of the land front were too acute and could not be well defended. (wikipedia.org)
  • The Floriana Lines were also modified until the 18th century. (wikipedia.org)
  • It was very close to the hornwork of the Floriana Lines, and as such was one of the most important insurgent batteries. (wikipedia.org)
  • Men from Tas-Samra managed to demolish all field walls up to the Floriana Lines, to prevent the French from having any cover in the case of a counterattack. (wikipedia.org)
  • 1551
  • In July 1551, Barbary corsairs and Ottoman forces raided Malta. (wikipedia.org)
  • Sometime between 1551 and 1556, a tornado hit Malta and destroyed at least four of the Order's galleys and killed 600 people. (wikipedia.org)
  • Pope
  • A bronze statue of the Grand Master was installed in the fort's piazza in 1736, and it was relocated a number of times before being placed in its present location at Pope John XXIII Square in Floriana. (wikipedia.org)
  • Mediterranean
  • Malta was eventually taken over by the British, and the island became the Royal Navy's main base in the Mediterranean. (wikipedia.org)
  • Floriana features a Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters. (wikipedia.org)
  • At that time Malta formed part of the British Empire and, the Island was the base of British forces in the heart of the Mediterranean. (wikipedia.org)
  • Fortress
  • Major General Whitworth Porter of the Royal Engineers, called Malta "the most powerful artificial fortress in the world" in his 1858 book A History of the Fortress of Malta. (wikipedia.org)
  • According to Al-Himyarī, when the Arabs captured Malta in 870 AD, they besieged, captured, sacked and dismantled a fortress. (wikipedia.org)
  • blockade
  • Like the other French blockade fortifications, Tas-Samra Battery was dismantled, possibly sometime after 1814. (wikipedia.org)
  • Although the battery itself no longer exists, the Chapel of Our Lady of Atocia is still standing, and it is one of the few surviving landmarks of the French blockade in Malta. (wikipedia.org)
  • 1530
  • The islands of Malta and Gozo, as well as the city of Tripoli in modern Libya, were granted to the Order by Spanish Emperor Charles V in 1530, following the loss of Rhodes. (wikipedia.org)
  • British
  • Malta was to be returned to the Order by the Treaty of Amiens in 1802, but the British remained in control and the islands formally became a British colony by the Treaty of Paris in 1814. (wikipedia.org)
  • After taking control of Malta in the beginning of the 19th century, the British converted the cavalier into an officers' mess, a place where soldiers could socialize. (wikipedia.org)
  • During that period, football in Malta was introduced by the British Servicemen who were stationed on the island, which was then a colony of the British Empire. (wikipedia.org)
  • Football was introduced in Malta at the end of the 19th Century by the British troops stationed on the island. (wikipedia.org)