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Siege Bell War Memorial, Valletta

Siege Bell War Memorial is a memorial erected in memory of the tragedies of the Second world war in Malta - the people who died during the war.

Siege Bell War Memorial was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1992 in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of when Malta was awarded the George cross.

The memorial is situated on the Bastion of Castille (St. Christopher), the furthest point of Valletta in the Grand Harbour, just below the Lower Barrakka Gardens.

The memorial is a small complex, the centerpiece of which is a belfry with columns made in the form of an elliptical neo-classical temple, containing the largest bell in Malta.

The siege bell was cast on February 10, 1992 by the world's largest bell towers, John Taylor and the co-founders of Loughborough, England. A Latin inscription quoting a verse from Psalm 140, decorates the groove mulli. The inscription reads: "You left your shadow on my head during the war of 1940-1943 years."

Near the siege bell is located: places for rest, a small Playground and a bronze catafalque, overhanging the parapet of the Bastion, symbolizing the burial of the unknown soldier at sea. Therefore, the memorial is also called "Monument to the Unknown Soldier".

The monument also attracts visitors by the fact that from its territory there are views of the Mediterranean Sea, the fort of Sant Elmo, the breakwater, the lighthouse, the fort of Ricasoli, part of the coast of Valletta and the surrounding area.

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