Lascaris Towers: Lippija Tower and Ghajn Tuffieha Tower
Lippija Tower, known as Gnejna Tower is a small watchtower located in the Gnejna Bay limits of Mgarr. Built 1637, this tower was the first of the Lascaris Towers and to this day, it’s in a good condition.
Lippija tower looks at the edge of Wardija ridge overlooking Genjna Bay in the north of Malta. In the line of sight, there are the watchtowers of Ghajn Tuffieha and Nadur Towers. Designed by Italian architect Vincenzo Maculani and was financed by Giovanni Paolo Lascaris.
This tower is identical to the one in Ghajn Tuffieha. This tower has a square plan and two floors with a flat roof with a parapet. Each floor has a single room and access to the upper floor was by a wooden ladder.
Known as Torre Del Migiarro and it had a chapel dedicated to Santa Agatha. By the 2000s, this tower was left neglected and was in danger of collapsing. Luckily, the Ministry of Resources and infrastructure restored in 2003 and the tower stands all proud watching over as we see it today.
Ghajn Tuffieha Tower
Known as Ghajn Mixkuka Tower. This is another small watchtower located in Ghajn Tuffieha limits of Mgarr. Built-in 1637 as the second Lascaris Towers. It overlooks the cliffs of Ghajn Tuffieha Bay close to Mellieha and Mgarr, on the northwest coast of Malta. As mentioned above, Lippija tower and Nadur towers are in its line of sight.
Designed by Vincenzo Maculani and identical to Lippija Tower. Ordinally armed with a pounder gun and its garrison consisted of a captain and The university of Mdina the three men.
Like Lippija, this tower was left in poor condition, until it was restored back in 2000 by Din l-Art Helwa, in 2012. There was an incident where vandals sprayed graffiti on the sides of the tower, but it had been removed. It opened to the public in 2013. The terrain may be dangerous for risky walkers, some had lost their lives due to falls. Some of these incidents had been investigated and it sadly resulted in voluntary suicides.
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