Gardjola is a type of vedette. (Senglea, Malta)

A vedette is a mounted sentry or picket, who has the function of bringing information, giving signals or warnings of danger, etc., to a main body of troops.[1][a] In modern terms, the soldiers who man listening-posts are the equivalent of vedettes.


Navies use the term vedette to refer to a small scouting or patrol boat.

The term has also been used for specific naval vessels (see USS Vedette), and a class of flying boat (see Canadian Vickers Vedette).


All around Salisbury Plain in southern England, the roads connecting the plain with the surrounding countryside feature brick-built guard-posts, staffed by security officers whenever there is military activity beyond such points. They are known as vedettes, and each one is named for a local geographic feature.[2]

The Gardjola is a prominent guard tower on Maltese forts in Malta and an example of a vedette.[3][4][5] It may be referred to in French as an échauguette.[6]


  1. ^ The word originated as a French military term vedette (formed from Latin videre, to see) (Chisholm 1911), also spelled vidette.
  1. ^ Chisholm 1911, p. 965.
  2. ^ "Lavington Hill Vedette".
  3. ^ "About The Island of Malta".
  4. ^ "Senglea. Vedette".
  5. ^ Morana, Martin (September 2011). Bejn kliem u storja: glossarju enċiklopediku dwar tradizzjonijiet - toponimi - termini storiċi Maltin (in Maltese). Malta: Best Print. p. 85. ISBN 978-99957-0-137-6. OCLC 908059040.
  6. ^ "Malte échauguette Isla Senglea 1994".