Part of the east demi-bastion. In front of it there is the ditch
The Louvier entrenchment is the most interesting entrenchment built
at Mellieha. It includes also embrasure for four cannons. A large
part of the entrenchment is in a good state and is one of the
best preserved in the whole Islands. However, it has to be conserved
Louvier entrenchment is found at Armier. This entrenchment was
built in the early 1760s under the supervision of Bailli de Tigne.
Louvier entrenchment also formed part of the ambitious plan of
Bourlamaque of surrounding the Maltese islands with entrenchments.
Only a small fraction of the proposed entrenchments to be built
in Mellieha on the coast facing Comino were actually built, that
is in the areas from Cirkewwa to the White Tower. 1
Three of the four embrasures which are found in the west demi-bastion.
It consists of a bastioned enceinte with a front of two demi-bastions
linked by a curtain of wall. In the west demi-bastion overlooking
Barriera Redoubt there are four embrasures which were used for
the artillery. The Hospitallers also attempted to excavate a ditch
in front of the entrenchment but was abandoned, probably due to
lack of finances. 2
We have to bear in mind that Bourlamaque plan was not all implemented
because of the lack of money. Therefore, the partial building
of entrenchments, both Louvier and Ta’ Qassisu entrenchments
serve as an answer for the lack of finances. If the Hospitallers
had no lack of money that coast would have been defended well,
although the Knights would encounter another problem, that is
of lack of manpower.