Stephen C. Spiteri

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Stephen C. Spiteri
Born 15 September 1963
Nationality Maltese
Alma mater University of Malta
Scientific career
Fields Military historian, author, lecturer and preservationist
Institutions University of Malta as the Research Co-ordinator of the Restoration Directorate

Stephen C. Spiteri (born 15 September 1963) is a Maltese military historian, author, lecturer and preservationist. His work mainly deals with the military history of Malta, particularly military architecture, and he is regarded as the "leading expert on Malta's fortifications."[1]

He is the son of Joseph M. Spiteri (1934-2013), the leading architect of Maltese Post-Modern architecture.[2] Spiteri studied at St. Aloysius' College and the University of Malta. He is the Research Co-ordinator of the Restoration Directorate, the Maltese government's entity responsible for restoring historic buildings, and he is also a lecturer at the International Institute for Baroque Studies of the University of Malta.[3] Spiteri previously served as the Superintendent of Fortifications for a decade, and he was also Acting Curator of the Palace Armoury in the Grandmaster's Palace in Valletta.[4] He later became curator of the Fortifications Interpretation Centre, also in Valletta.[5]

Spiteri wrote a number of books dealing with the fortifications of Malta or fortresses built by the Knights Hospitaller. He also edits Arx – Online Journal of Military Architecture and Fortification, which is published via his website Spiteri is one of the founding members of the Sacra Militia Foundation for the study of Hospitaller Military and Naval History, as well as the Fortress Explorer Society.[4][6]


  • Fortresses of the Cross: Hospitaller Military Architecture (1136–1798) (1994)
  • British Military Architecture in Malta. By himself. 1996. pp. 1–561. ISBN 9789990968187.
  • The Fougasse, The Stone Mortar of Malta (1999)
  • Fortresses of the Knights. Book Distributors Limited. 2001. pp. 1–382. ISBN 9789990972061.
  • Armoury of the Knights (2003)
  • The Great Siege (2005)
  • The Art of Fortress Building in Hospitaller Malta (2008)
  • The Fortifications of Malta. BDL Publishings (Book Distributers Limited). 2017. ISBN 978-99957-67-38-9.
  • "Fort Manoel". Journal of Military Architecture and Fortification. ARX (4). 2014.

Further reading

  • Memories of a forgotten village - Petra Caruana Dingli


  1. ^ Rix, Juliet (2010). Malta and Gozo. Bradt Travel Guides. p. 85. ISBN 9781841623122.
  2. ^ Vassallo, Raymond (6 October 2013). "Joseph Spiteri". Times of Malta.
  3. ^ "Dr Stephen C. Spiteri". University of Malta. Archived from the original on 14 February 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Brief Curriculum Vitae: Stephen C. Spiteri" (PDF). University of Malta. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 December 2015.
  5. ^ Di Puccio, Francesca (15 December 2013). "The Fortifications Interpretation Centre: a must-visit in Valletta". Malta Inside Out. Archived from the original on 4 April 2016.
  6. ^ "About Us". Archived from the original on 14 February 2016.

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