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  • The Old Saluting Battery stands on the lower part of the St. Peter and St. Paul Bastion. Originally built in the 16th century, it remained in continuous use up to 1960. The battery functioned as a master time keeper, as the gun shots at sunrise and sunset marked the beginning and end of the working day, as well as the opening or closing of the town gates. The noon gun was fired to signal to mariners in the harbour the exact hour of mid-day, which was necessary for the regulation of watches on board ships for accurate navigation. The Saluting Battery was restored in 2005, complete with eleven original British 24-pounder cannons from the mid-late 19th century and volunteers dressed in uniforms of the time, representing the Royal Malta Artillery.
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  • The Saluting Battery, Upper Barrakka Gardens, Valletta is where you can witness the age old tradition of the firing of the Noon-Day Gun followed by a guided tour of The Saluting Battery which was used during the British period to provide ceremonial salutes to visiting dignitaries and ships. You will also marvel at unique views of the Grand Harbour and the 3 Cities from within the Saluting Battery. Entry is only 5 euros.
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