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St. Agatha's Tower (The Red Tower) in Mellieha

St Agatha's Tower (The Red Tower) built in 1649, Mellieha.

"My Name is Malta" has been to visit St. Agatha's Tower.  This tower, also know as the Red Tower, is situated on the commanding heights of Marfa Ridge, above Ghadira Bay. It overlooks the straits of Comino and Gozo.

Before the arrival of the Order of St. John in 1530, Mellieha and the surrounding country was sparsely populated and unprotected.  The inhabitants were under constant threat from attacks by pirates and Turks.

In the early 17th century, the Knights felt the need to defend the north of Malta and under Grand Master Wignacourt, the defence of the coast began in earnest with the construction of a network of towers and batteries.

The tower was completed in 1648 and equipped with artillery during the principate of Grand Master Jean Paul de Lascaris Castellar being the sixth of the how known Lascaris Towers.  St. Agatha's Tower was the last large bastioned tower to be built in Malta.

It continued to have a military function throughout the British period, and was manned during both World Wars.  In subsequent years it changed its function to a radar station used by the Armed forces of Malta.



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