Ferretti Battery

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Ferretti BatteryFerretti Battery_header_cell_0_0_0
CoordinatesFerretti Battery_header_cell_0_1_0 Ferretti Battery_cell_0_1_1
TypeFerretti Battery_header_cell_0_2_0 Artillery batteryFerretti Battery_cell_0_2_1
Site informationFerretti Battery_header_cell_0_3_0
OwnerFerretti Battery_header_cell_0_4_0 Government of MaltaFerretti Battery_cell_0_4_1
Controlled byFerretti Battery_header_cell_0_5_0 Private tenantFerretti Battery_cell_0_5_1
Open to

the publicFerretti Battery_header_cell_0_6_0

Yes (as a restaurant)Ferretti Battery_cell_0_6_1
ConditionFerretti Battery_header_cell_0_7_0 IntactFerretti Battery_cell_0_7_1
WebsiteFerretti Battery_header_cell_0_8_0 Ferretti Battery_cell_0_8_1
Site historyFerretti Battery_header_cell_0_9_0
BuiltFerretti Battery_header_cell_0_10_0 1715–1716Ferretti Battery_cell_0_10_1
Built byFerretti Battery_header_cell_0_11_0 Order of Saint JohnFerretti Battery_cell_0_11_1
MaterialsFerretti Battery_header_cell_0_12_0 LimestoneFerretti Battery_cell_0_12_1

Ferretti Battery (Maltese: Batterija ta' Ferretti), also known as Qajjenza Battery (Maltese: Batterija tal-Qajjenza) or Saint George's Battery (Maltese: Batterija ta' San Ġorġ), is an artillery battery in the village of Qajjenza, within the limits of Birżebbuġa, in Malta. Ferretti Battery_sentence_0

It was built by the Order of Saint John between 1715 and 1716 as one of a series of coastal fortifications around the coasts of the Maltese Islands. Ferretti Battery_sentence_1

A restaurant exists within the walls of the battery, serving Mediterranean cuisine. Ferretti Battery_sentence_2

History Ferretti Battery_section_0

Ferretti Battery was built in 1715-1716 as part of the first building programme of coastal batteries in Malta. Ferretti Battery_sentence_3

It was part of a chain of fortifications that defended Marsaxlokk Bay, which also included six other batteries, the large Saint Lucian Tower, two smaller De Redin towers, four redoubts and three entrenchments. Ferretti Battery_sentence_4

The battery was named after the knight Francesco Maria Ferretti, who provided over 900 scudi for its construction. Ferretti Battery_sentence_5

The battery consists of a semi-circular gun platform, with a parapet containing eight embrasures. Ferretti Battery_sentence_6

Its gorge has two blockhouses linked by a redan, all of which are pierced by musketry loopholes. Ferretti Battery_sentence_7

The redan also contains the main entrance, which was surmounted by three coats of arms, now defaced. Ferretti Battery_sentence_8

The battery was originally surrounded by a shallow rock hewn ditch. Ferretti Battery_sentence_9

The battery was decommissioned sometime in the 19th century, and was later converted into a summer residence and a boathouse. Ferretti Battery_sentence_10

The parapet with embrasures was demolished, while the ditch was converted into a moat filled with seawater. Ferretti Battery_sentence_11

A high seawall was built around the entire battery. Ferretti Battery_sentence_12

Present day Ferretti Battery_section_1

Today, the battery is used as a restaurant, named Ferretti after the knight who built the battery. Ferretti Battery_sentence_13

The restaurant serves typical Mediterranean cuisine, and is one of the most popular restaurants in the south of Malta. Ferretti Battery_sentence_14

The structure itself is in a fair state of preservation. Ferretti Battery_sentence_15

Some of the missing embrasures have been rebuilt, and despite some modern alterations, the structure still retains most of its features. Ferretti Battery_sentence_16


Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferretti Battery.