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Triq il-Wiesgħa Tower, known originally as Torre della Giddida and alternately referred to as Mwejġel Tower, stands as a diminutive watchtower in close proximity to Żabbar, Malta. Its construction dates back to 1659, marking it as the ninth among the watchtowers built during the sovreignity of Grand Master Martin de Redin. Over the course of the 20th century, the tower endured substantial damage, necessitating partial structural demolition. However, a comprehensive restoration initiative unfolded between 2008 and 2009, resulting in the tower's current state of commendable preservation.


Constructed on the eastern shore of the Grand Harbour of Malta. Triq il-Wiesgħa Tower derives its nomenclature from the adjacent "Wide Street," denoting the expansive stretch of coastline it was strategically designed to safeguard. Conforming to the prevailing architectural blueprint of De Redin towers, it exhibits a square plan featuring two floors and a crowning turret.

Historically, Triq il-Wiesgħa Tower was strategically positioned in line of sight with Santa Maria delle Grazie Tower to the west and Żonqor Tower to the east. Regrettably, the latter two structures were subject to demolition by the British military. Fort Leonardo, constructed in the 1870s at a distance of approximately 350 meters, posed no threat to the tower as it did not fall within the fort's line of fire. Notably, similar towers such as Delimara Tower and Bengħisa Tower met their demise to clear the lines of fire for Fort Delimara and Fort Benghisa, respectively.

The tower underwent a period of deterioration by the early 20th century, resulting in the collapse of its rear portion. During World War II, the tower suffered further indignities. This included the removal of its parapet and turret, coupled with the construction of pillboxes in its vicinity. Additionally, an aircraft crash nearby exacerbated the damage.

After the war, the tower fell into disrepair, with its foundations collapsing. In 2004, Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna assumed custodianship, initiating a restoration process in September 2008, which concluded by March 2009. The restoration not only addressed structural issues but also involved the meticulous reconstruction of features that were removed during World War II.



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