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The Saluting Battery is an artillery battery in Valletta, Malta. It was constructed in the 16th century by the Order of Saint John, on or near the site of an Ottoman battery from the Great Siege of Malta. The battery forms the lower tier of St. Peter and Paul Bastion of the Valletta Land Front, located below the Upper Barrakka Gardens and overlooking Fort St. Angelo and the rest of the Grand Harbor.

The Saluting Battery was mainly used for firing ceremonial gun salutes and signals, but it also saw military use during the blockade of 1798-1800 and World War II. The battery remained an active military installation until its guns were removed by the British in 1954. It was restored and opened to public in the early 21th century, and it is now equipped with eight working replicas of SBBL 32 pounders which fire gun signals daily at 12:00 and 16:00.

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