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Fort Manoel

Fort Manoel is a baroque star-fortress built on a square plan. The site has been on the preliminary UNESCO World Heritage list since 1998 as part of the 'Knights' Fortification around Malta's ports'. Its bastions situated on each corner of the building give it a characteristic look. The restored chapel of St. Antoni of Padua.

The fortress was built in the first half XVII century by the Order of Saint John. The name of the object comes from the then reigning Grand Master António Manoel de Vilhena. During the 19th and 20th centuries, the building belonged to the British army. The fort was destroyed during World War II. Restoration of the fortress began in 2001.

Legend has it that Fort Manoel was visited by the Black Knight wearing the armor and insignia of the Order of Saint John. It was supposed to be Grand Master de Vilhena himself. In the 20th century, the ghost was seen around the ruins of the chapel of St. Antoni. After clearing the debris of the devastated temple and crypt and burying the remains of the knights, the ghost ceased to appear.


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