Fort don't have to be very large to be effective. This small example of an 18th century defensive battery is the Qolla I-Bajda on the island of Gozo. Built by the Knights of Malta, who ruled the islands at the time, this battery was intended to make landings by invaders more difficult. Although the island fell to the French and then the British just a few decades after it was built, the battery was still in use, according to a sign, as recently as World War Two. The place was deserted when we were there, but I am happy to say that they left the door open, so we took that as in invitation to explore!
Points of interest
This battery has seen use in several of Malta's wars.