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Title: In defence of Malta's military architecture
Authors: Cremona, Alfred V. (2011)
Keywords: Architecture -- Malta
Fortification -- Malta
Military architecture -- Malta
Architecture and war -- Malta
Issue Date: 2011
Citation: Cremona, A. V. (2011). In defence of Malta's military architecture (Master’s dissertation).
Abstract: The Maltese islands have a unique wealth of military architecture heritage. This vast patrimony of forts, fortresses, towers, batteries, entrenchments and other forms of fortifications constitutes an important aspect of the islands' built-up heritage. The islands' fortifications were developed over a time-span covering different eras of foreign rule in Malta. The magnitude and extent of this imposing heritage, however, poses serious problems where conservation, restoration and sympathetic re-use are concerned. While today the fortifications are no longer required to justify their existence in terms of their defensive role, they are still incessantly under attack from natural and man-made factors, such as erosion, vandalism and inappropriate development. At a glance, the fortifications may appear to have adequately weathered these modem assaults. Closer examination, however, reveals that many of these threats pose serious concerns for the longevity of these antique monuments and their ability to contribute to the economic and cultural well-being of the nation. The costs involved in maintaining, enhancing and promoting such a vast heritage are undoubtedly enormous and have yet to be quantified or analysed. It is essential to the Maltese identity that these fortifications are appropriately maintained to ensure that they withstand the test of time. The ramparts symbolise the resilience of the Maltese people regardless of hardship. This commendable characteristic was also acknowledged by King George VI when he bestowed the George Cross award "to the Island Fortress of Malta to bear witness to a heroism and devotion that will long be famous in history". The ongoing perception that the fortifications form an integral part of the Maltese identity is apparent through numerous illustrations of the ramparts in artworks, publications, media presentations and internet websites promoting the islands as a desirable destination for business, pleasure, culture and education. The interaction of the people with the fortifications is fundamental to sustain an awareness of the history that these monuments represent.
Description: M.A.MALTESE
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Dissertations - FacArtMal - 2011

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