Saint Mark's Tower

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Saint Mark's Tower
Torri ta' Qalet Marku
Part of the De Redin towers
Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq, Naxxar, Malta
Malta - Naxxar - St. Mark's Tower peninsula - St. Mark's Tower 01 ies.jpg
Saint Mark's Tower viewed from the south
Coordinates35°56′47.3″N 14°27′12″E / 35.946472°N 14.45333°E / 35.946472; 14.45333
TypeCoastal watchtower
Site information
OwnerGovernment of Malta
Controlled byDin l-Art Ħelwa
Open to
the public
Yes (by appointment)
ConditionIntact
Site history
Built1658
Built byOrder of Saint John
MaterialsLimestone

Saint Mark's Tower (Maltese: Torri ta' San Mark), originally known as Torre del Cortin[1] and also known as Qalet Marku Tower (Maltese: Torri ta' Qalet Marku), is a small watchtower in Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq, limits of Naxxar, Malta. It was completed in 1658 as the third of the De Redin towers. Today, the tower is in good condition.

History[edit]

Saint Mark's Tower was built in 1658 on Qrejten Point in Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq, on the north shore of Malta, it was built on or near the site of a medieval watch post.[2] It has sight of Għallis Tower to the west, and Madliena Tower to the east. Construction of the tower cost 408 scudi; the tower follows the standard design of the De Redin towers, having a square plan with two floors and a turret on the roof.

In 1741, a fougasse was built close to the tower, and it was believed to have been lost until it was rediscovered during road works in the area in 2014.[3]

The tower was no longer operational by 1743, however in 1792 the Congregation of War ordered that the tower be rearmed with a 3-pounder iron gun; the British built a small guard room in front of the tower, but this is now in ruins.[4]

Present day[edit]

Saint Mark's Tower is managed by Din l-Art Ħelwa, who restored it in 1997; the tower is in good condition, but the area around it has been criticized for the amount of litter left there, mainly from people camping on the peninsula.[5]

The tower is open to the public by appointment.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ġrajjet Malta - It-Tielet Ktieb (in Maltese) (4 ed.). Sliema: Department of Education. 2006. p. 81.
  2. ^ Zammit, Vincent (1984). "Fortifications in the Middle Ages". Civilization. Ħamrun: PEG Ltd. 1: 33.
  3. ^ Spiteri, Stephen C. (30 November 2014). "Qalet Marku gives up its Fougasse". MilitaryArchitecture.com. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Qalet Marku Tower, Bahar ic-Caghaq". Din l-Art Ħelwa. 6 October 2011. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  5. ^ Lippiett, Tom (10 June 2013). "The disgusting state of Qalet Marku". Times of Malta. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Malta's coastal watch towers". MaltaUncovered.com. 4 December 2009. Retrieved 30 May 2015.

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