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Your Guide to Malta and Gozo - Birgu Water Front

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The Birgu Waterfront

 

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Manderaggio Birgu

 

The Birgu Waterfront stretches between the Admiralty Gate, built in 1860 by the British Governorship to Fort St. Angelo. It is an excellent place for a stroll with magnificent views of Valletta, its fortifications and the Grand Harbour. There are also several restaurants catering for various styles of dining, ranging from casual to more formal settings. Malta's only exclusively vegetarian restaurant is to be found here.

Amongst the places of historical interest in the Birgu Waterfront are: the former building of the British Navy's bakery, today housing the Malta Maritime museum with its conspicuous clock tower; right next to which is the Treasury Building erected by the Order of St. John in 1545 – this is occupied by several restaurants. The Treasury proper used to be housed on the first floor whilst the ground floor functioned as the Order's bakery.

The residence of William Scamp, the architect responsble for the construction of the Naval bakery building was converted into the Casino di Venezia in 2001.

The Palace of the Captains of the Galleys consists of two buildings constructed in 1659 by Grandmaster Wignacourt. This sustained heavy damage during World War II, but has since been restored.

The Carafa stores are a complex of five magazines, named after Grandmaster Carafa who was responsible for their construction in 1689.

The moat (Menqa or Manderaggio) was a sheltered docking place for the vessels of the Order which leads to the majestic Fort St. Angelo, currently closed for restoration.