Victoria Lines

The complex network of linear fortifications known collectively as the Victoria Lines is a unique monument of military architecture. It was built by the British and finished in the year of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee (1897), hence their name.

Victoria Lines was designed to present a physical barrier to invading forces landed in the north of Malta and intent on attacking the harbour installations so vital for the maintenance of the British fleet, the source of British power in the Mediterranean.

Although never tested in battle, this system of defenses, spanning across some 12 km of land and combining different types of fortifications - forts, batteries, entrenchments, stop walls, infantry lines, searchlight emplacements and howitzer positions.

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