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Fort St Elmo, Valletta, Malta
Fort St Elmo is a 16th century fortification on the tip of the Sciberras Peninsular, which separates Marsamxett Harbour from Valletta Harbour and is now home to the Malta Police Academy.
The Fort played a major role during the Great Siege of 1565 and withstood continuous bombardment from the Turkish battery located at Mount Sciberras. The fort eventually fell to the Turks on 23rd June 1565 and only nine of the defending Maltese survived. None of the Knights of Malta in the fort survived.
The National War Museum occupies part of the fort and one of the most significant pieces on display is the original St Georges Cross, awarded to the Island and its people for the contribution and sacrifices made during the Second World War.
Fort St Elmo has also featured in a number of films, including being used as the location for the Turkish prison in Midnight Express.
Time and the elements have not been kind to the structure of Fort St Elmo and the World Monuments Fund has listed it as endangered due to deterioration caused by neglect and the weather.
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