Fast a week of holiday is over, but I will not forget my Marilyn Monroe moment wearing my new dress (pattern by pattydoo: Marie with sleeves from Chloe) – sadly without picture. When I went up the stairs to the red tower of St. Agatha the wind turned my skirt up. Fortunately we were the only visitors and so only the children had fun, when Mum was squeking and fighting with her skirt. Down in the park of the tower the wind was less strong but he inflating my skirt so that I look pregnant on the pictures (though I am definitely not pregnant at all).
The red tower is part of a wide spread fortification which the order of the Johannites built during the 17th And 18th century in order to prevent raids by the osmanic turcs and the barbarian corsars from Northafria. These not only stole wheat, cattle and water during their raids but also men, women and children for slavery. It took two years to build this tower (1648-49). This armoured tower lies on top of the marfa ridge and offers a great view onto Comino and Gozo if the weather is fine. So the tower was also a signal post for communication with Gozo as well as the sister tower St. Mary on Comino.
The only entrance to the tower is a drawbridge which can be reached by a steep staircase. From the bridge you enter the main hall, which is formed by two arched rooms. Here the crew lived, which was usually one knight and three canoniers. The main hall also as a little altar in a niche which is dedicated to its patron St. Agatha. Below the main hall there is a big tank for rain water. On one side of the tower there is a small spiral staircase to access the third and forth floor. The third floor is only a small gallery with a very low ceiling but a wonderful view into the main hall. The forth floor was closed because of the very strong wind. During war time here could be stationed up to 50 soldiers. Until the end of world war two the militia used the tower, afterwards it was left to rot. 1998 the organisation Din l-Art Helwa took charge of the tower. This Din l-Art Helwa („the lovely land“) was founded in 1965 as a non-profit organisatzion which wants to preserve the historic heritage of Malta.
St. Agatha (* around 225 in Catania on Sicily; † around 250 ibidem), the patron saint of the Maltese, the shepardesses, the gold smiths and many others, is called for aid at epizootic, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions of Mount Etna and of courser illnesses of the breast, as her breasts were amuted as part of torture but St. Peter cured her. Furthermore she is the patron saint of the fireworkers in Switherland and in nothern parts of Germany.