Archive for the ‘Malta’ Category

White Rocks Complex, Malta

Posted: February 15, 2011 in Malta

 

Today, a ghost resort complex. In the past… well I read some reports placing the complex building in the 40’s. Which I don’t believe considering the architecture of the whole place. Then I read a comment saying the complex was built in the 60’s which sounds more realistic. Initially it would work as a residential complex for British military with families. Apparently there were several building stages, leading to the final layout which took over about 137.000 sqm out of 369.000 sqm of grounds attached to the project. About 400 – 500 apartments/rooms were available.

 


 

Before entering the residential area, the explorer will see the reception and common areas, including a ruined swimming-pool which, accordingly to a French who was sent there by the family to something like a Summer camp, had so much chlorine that the eyes would burn a lot after a swim.

Accordingly to a testimonial the place was generally known amongst the British as St.Patrick’s Officers Married Quarters, and were available to junior officers from all branches. Still following the same source, the accomodation was of high quality, in a mix of 4 bedroom houses and 3 bedroom flats. All of them were provided with central heating, phone and garage.

 

 

The complex was handed to Maltese authorities when the British left, in 1979. Political divergences led to a deadlock which is about to be solved. Apparently the area will be used as a high quality sports complex with a budget of 200 million Euros. The official announcement was issued on June 2010 and full details can be read here.

I was on the spot during my first visit to Malta, in September 2009, and again now, in February 2011. It’s extremely easy to enter the premises. Actually there is a bus stop right in front of the main entrance, no fences, no security officers. It’s wide open. Some locals like to visit the place, for a walk, for a picnic, for walking the dogs. I spotted a guy picking logs of wood in the area and some traces of homeless occupation. The level or risk seems to be extremely low.

These are the coordinates of the access: 35° 56.053’N 14° 27.751’E

Abandoned House, Marsaxxlok, Malta

Posted: December 9, 2010 in Malta


 

I found this building by chance, in my way to the fishing village of Marsaxxlok, in southeast Malta. Actually, the building is by the main road leading to the village and you can just park your car in front of it. As it happened, I have no story at all about the structure. I was with a Maltese friend who described it as a typical rural bourgeois villa, belonging to wealthy farmers.

To get in, one must truly trespass, as the ruin is obviously fenced and no obvious access to the inside is on sight. Once there, the gorgeous decorative elements deserve a second look, specially by the stairs and in the area which used to be the first floor. Also the backyard patio looked interesting and definitely it saw, in its times, lots of joy and family gatherings. Well, fellows, sorry for the short text but it’s all I can say. Anyway, this is a minor entry about a minor place. These are the coordinates of the “haunted house”: N 35° 50.729 E 014° 32.266.

Fort Campbell, Malta

Posted: November 30, 2010 in Malta

Malta is one of my favorite destinations. I just loved the place. The singularity of the country, between Europe and North Africa, the easy communication (English is spoken by 99% of the population), the variety of things to do, the mysterious landscape… and the list could go on and on. But anyway… anyone looking at a map will immediately understand the strategic position of the islands of Malta. And a strategic position means involvement in war. And involvement in war means ruins. Which is what this blog is about. For today’s article I picked Fort Campbell.

The place was built shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War by command of the British governor Bonham-Carter following his understanding of the need to protect the approaches to Mellihea and St Paul bay by sea. Works started in late 1937. Leaving behind dated concepts of military architecture, based in thick walls to hold infantry attacks, Campbell was built to face air strikes: its walls were thin, looking like the nearby civilian constructions in order to confuse attacking pilots. There were two platforms for 6″ guns plus several machine-guns positions. Inside the perimeter one would find a command post, barracks, ammunition storage buildings, water tank and battery observation post. Some distance far, three emplacements for search lights were prepared.

 



 

Getting to the place is possible either by car or public transportation. I’m providing a Google Maps link with the location of Fort Campbell. Unfortunately I can’t remember which bus drops you in the main road, close to Selmun palace (a must see place). From there it’s a short 15 min stroll to Fort Campbell, with easy orientation supported by visual contact.


Further information and galleries about Fort Campbell:

www.mellieha.com
www.killfish.f9.co.uk