Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Empty Spaces: Fort Tigne & Tigne Point




















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Quite often it's a city's empty spaces that are the most interesting to visit - for tourists and locals alike. So I'm going to let you in on Tigne Point's best kept secret. Just over the walking path in front of the restaurants at Tigne Point (you'll notice a worn path between the landscaping) is a concrete staircase that leads down to the seafront. And here the seafront offers much more than just beach towels and nearly-nude tourists.

During the British period in Malta (1800-1964), the peninsula across Marsaxmett harbour from Valletta became known as Tigné Point. It was turned into a military base intended to defend the northern flank of Valletta from attacks by sea and air. Here, the British constructed a Regimental Institute, a Sergeant's Mess, St Luke's Garrison Church, school buildings, various barracks blocks, and an expansive parade ground. Following the departure of the British the area of Tigné Point fell into disuse and was heavily vandalized and plundered. But remnants of the British period remain (see above) including groves worn by giant chains, secret underground tunnels, and large bits of rusting steel.

Today, the Fort and Point are in the process of being restored and developed, and will eventually become a historic site and public park. Until then, it remains a quiet and secluded bit of land right in the heart of Sliema's urban core, yielding its secrets to abandoned space enthusiasts, partying teenagers, and amateur photographers. Worth a look if you're a history buff, or if you're a bit tired of the regular tourist scene.

- Jess

6 comments :

  1. I LOVE all of the colours in the rust.

    There's something about exploring a historic site when you have it mostly to yourselves. Being able to take the time to really explore and listen to all of the sounds... perfection.

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  2. This is SO cool! I love how absolutely empty it is, almost feels like you're discovering it for the first time :)

    xxx
    Jenna

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  3. This is so great! I love your pictures; rust can be so beautiful. I have to say, every post I read is making me want to go to Malta more and more- someday I will!!

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