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Military Marsalforn Trail for students with Heritage Malta Passport Visa

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Military Marsalforn Trail for students with Heritage Malta Passport VisaNext Sunday Heritage Malta is organising an exclusive tour of a fougasse and a brief information session about the battery at Il-Qolla l-Bajda Battery, in Marsalforn, Gozo.

This tour is open to all those students who have acquired their Heritage Malta Passport Visa.

Heritage Malta explained that this visa is given to students once they collect ten different stamps in their passport during visits to ten different Heritage Malta sites and museums. Two adults may accompany each student for this special occasion.

This will be a unique opportunity to visit one of the few remaining fougasses and to learn about the military role of Marsalforn during the time of the Order of St John.

Heritage Malta said that although a fougasse might nowadays look just like a huge hole, in the past this was used as a weapon against the enemy while approaching land from the sea.

Acting as a sort of mortar, the hollow of the fougasse was filled with stones and gunpowder. The stones turned into projectiles when the gunpowder was lit, damaging vessels or killing people when they hit target.

The Qolla l-Bajda Battery overlooks the inlets of Qbajjar and Xwejni. It was constructed by the Order of St John between 1715 and 1716 as one of a series of coastal fortifications around the coasts of the Maltese Islands.

The event, which is next Sunday, the 7th of July, is free of charge and is open only to Heritage Malta Passport Visa holders as explained above.

Tickets are available on a first-come-first-served basis from all Heritage Malta sites and museums.

Heritage Malta advised that no tickets will be sold on site and admission is subject to presenting pre-issued tickets, together with the Heritage Malta Passport and Visa.

The first tour starts at 9.00am, last tour starts at noon. Each tour lasts 50 minutes. Meeting Point is at Qolla l-Bajda Battery.

For more information please email passport@heritagemaltal.org or call 22954300.

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