The Comino Tower, also known as Santa Maria Tower, dominates the isle's South South-West as well as the South Comino Channel, while its guns used to guard both the North and the South Comino Channel.
Under the Aragonese and at the time of the Knights of St.John, Comino was frequently visited by corsairs, where Turkish galleys found shelter within its sleek creeks. The name in Maltese is Kemmuna which is a derivation of an Arabic word meaning "Sheltered place". These corsairs often pounced upon maritime shipping in the area, and mercilessly harrassed helpless Gozo boats loaded with needed supplies.
As a result of these attacks it was decided to build a formidable fortress which was ready in 1618 during the reign of Grand Master Alof de Wignacourt. The Tower was designed by Engineer Vittorio Cassar. It was armed by eight 32 pounder, and ten 24 pounder guns. It was manned by a garison of 130 men. The heavy guns of Comino Tower played an important role later on in history during the insurrection against French in 1799, when they were used to bombard French positions inside Valletta.
This is the smallest of the inhabited Maltese islands.
Comino takes its name from the cummin herb, one of the few plants that grow wild in the inhospitable top soil of this basically uninhabitable island. For centuries, Comino sat orphaned in the middle of the channel separating Malta and Gozo. Now it is a prized jewel; one of the few places left in the Mediterranean where there are no cars or roads and the land is a wildlife sanctuary.
The indigenous population remains in single figures, and with the exception of the residents of the one hotel, all visitors and day-trippers depart before sunset.
Comino offers the finest bathing, snorkeling and diving for hundreds of miles around.
Gozo Channel line ferries
The ferries are accessible through Cirkewwa, which is situated in the Northern most part of Malta and is easily reachable by bus, being served by a number of routes. Trips usually take 20-25 minutes and the ferries cater for car transfers as well.
(Source:planetware/malta/comino & Gozo.gov.mt )
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jemaflor (90005) 2010-10-02 1:19
Good pov and good timing with these two different boats, nice light for blue sea and warm tones for cliffs, well managed.
ikeharel (63815) 2010-10-02 1:21
It looks as Malta is one big rock in the middle of the Mediteranean, George.
Image shows as the rock was "cut" like a slice of bread...
A dynamic movement by the boats is a vivid factor to photo well taken.
Have a nice weekend.
Royaldevon (33785) 2010-10-02 1:38
Good Morning George,
Interesting notes accompany this fine shot from Malta.
You have been patient with your photography, waiting until the speed boat is just in the right place for a strong composition. (The tower is already well placed).
Fine sharpness and saturation.
Have a good w/e,
Ricx (13495) 2010-10-02 1:40
Hi George, Now a playground created by the defences of the past. We certainly live a different life today that our ancestors.. Great contrasting image not only n colours and tones- but in the reflection of the past compared todays lifestyle.. Well framed . TFS Rich
TopGeo (38216) 2010-10-02 1:45
Hello George! a wonderful light and great atmosphere you have caught here!Excellent FG compocition The sharpness and depth are exceptional and the POV is very well chosen, great shot!Have a nice weekend.
jurek1951 (42196) 2010-10-02 1:50
Very interesting architecture and landscape. Original POV and composition. Very good shot. Well done
vasilpro (41163) 2010-10-02 2:36
Wonderful composition, beautiful scene with the sailing boats in FG, excellent light management and contrast, lovely colors, very nice POV.
Have a nice weekend, Vasilis.
npecanhuk (70752) 2010-10-02 3:14
Nice and interesting location with wonderful natural and man-made elements!
Beautiful picture with special regards to the contrasting colors (water & sky vs. cliff & building & boats) and the composition!
Sharpness, exposure, vertical format, pp and black & white borders are all excellent too!
TFS - congrats,
Have a great week-end,
snunney (90662) 2010-10-02 4:31
A well composed shot with a pleasing juxtaposition between the tower and the boats. The speed boat in the foreground brings a sense of dynamism to the scene. Very good colours and sharpness.
Cretense (68695) 2010-10-02 6:47
Beautiful "blending" of architecture, nature and daily life scene! Great POV, framing and composition! Excellent light management, wonderful colours!
asajernigan (21427) 2010-10-02 7:16
This is a nicely composed shot taken from a great POV. The tower's off center placement works well here. The boats add interest for the foreground of the shot. The lighting and colors are great and the photo has excellent sharpness.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2010-10-02 10:08
Good evening George,
The fortress with cubic architecture seems indestructible and even out of reach. Very beautiful image where the dynamism of the boats, makes even more pleasant the discovery of this place. Cheer.
Have a good evening
danyy (0) 2010-10-02 23:54
Bonjour George, une vue interesssante sur ce promontoire côtier dans des teintes assez chaudes et coincé entre le bleu de la mer et celui diu ciel.
Une photo simple bien pensée avec de la vie à l'avant plan.
bukitgolfb301 (37994) 2010-10-03 1:46
Hello my dear George
So wonderful and fresh shot you catch.
Considered nice framework and well mature balanced composition as usual. So vivid and comfortable color touch is marvelous too. Blessing on your great job and thanks for sharing, have a good Sunday evening!
JCG (35129) 2010-10-04 3:02
This fort is impressive and seems impregnable !!! Beautiful and interesting photograph on this construction. I like much various contrasts as well in the colors as on the presence of these boats on water, one with veil and the other with engine which seems, in addition, very much in a hurry… Pretty glance George.
With all my friendships and a very good week,
Silvio1953 (131592) 2010-10-18 6:37
Ciao George, great timing for a wonderful sea view, impressive rock, excellent clarity, splendid light and colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-07-18
- Categories: Castles, Daily Life, Nature, Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/8, 1/350 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-10-02 1:15