About Mgarr Second World War Shelter
The Mgarr Second World War Shelter in Malta was one of a number of subterranean bomb shelters used by the population during the Siege of Malta. The Mgarr Second World War Shelter is one of the largest shelters of its kind and, since being found underneath a restaurant (Il-Barri), has been restored.
Mgarr Second World War Shelter history
The Siege of Malta saw the island of Malta being subjected to an intensive aerial bombing campaign by the Italians and then the German Luftwaffe from 1940 to 1943. The main reason for this was that Malta was a vitally important strategic location for the British and held several airfields, thus becoming a target. In 1942, Malta received the George Cross for its citizens’ bravery during this period.
The Mgarr Second World War Shelter was dug entirely by hand and served as a home, temple and refuge for the people of Mgarr while enemy planes blitzed their homes above.
Mgarr Second World War Shelter today
Today, the Mgarr Second World War Shelter is open to the public, who can tour its underground passageways and learn about the Maltese experience during the war. Reaching a depth of 12 metres and extending to over 225 metres long, visitors can enter the shelter and relive the experience of the Maltese who took refuge within the underground maze.
Getting to Mgarr Second World War Shelter
Located in St Julien’s, the Mgarr Second World War Shelter is easily found near Balluta Bay Beach where there is a bus stop that serves the 14, 222, 13A, 16, 233 and 255 routes.