The conclusion from the above is that the Torri ta’ Lanzun which exists today does not date back to the 15th century, as repeated ad nauseam in various unsubstantiated papers by various authors. The building is an 18 th century farmhouse, which was fortified to exclude intruders, and altered over the years. This does not exclude the possibility of an original farmhouse having existed on the site, which may have been destroyed in 1713 and replaced by the present buildings; however, no physical evidence of any such farmhouse is left.

The legend reproduced in various papers states that a certain Lorenzo Lanzun transferred his residence from Vittoriosa to the Torri to escape the plague which devastated the “three cities” in 1676, leaving 11,300 victims, and took the lives of his wife and three of his children. It is strange that the buildings existing today were built 37 years after the plague, and this reinforces the theory that the present buildings may have replaced original structures.

It must be remembered that, in the interval between 1676 and 1713, a significant earthquake happened in 1693 in the Val di Noto, Sicily, which was felt in Malta; most of the buildings in Valletta are known to have been damaged, and part of the cathedral in Mdina collapsed 8. The possibility that any original structures existing at the time on the Torri site may have suffered as a result cannot be discounted.

The information contained in this paper is based on facts which are recorded, or on architectural interpretations of the evidence available in the physical composition of the property. Care has been taken to exclude legends and myths which, although possibly containing some veracity, cannot be confirmed.