In the heart of Victoria lies the Citadella (Citadel), formerly known as il Castello, which has been the centre of activity of the island since possibly Neolithic times, but is known to be first fortified during the Bronze Age c. 1500 BC. It was later developed by the Phoenicians and continued into becoming a complex Acropolis by Roman times.
The north side of the Citadel dates back to the Aragonese domination period. The south flank, overlooking Victoria, was re-constructed under the Knights of St. John, namely between 1599 and 1603, after Ottomans invaded the city in 1551. The massive defensive stone walls of the fortifications rise above the town and were built by the Knights to protect the village communities from foraging corsairs attempting to take slaves and threatened invasion of Moslem forces fighting Christendom.
Within its walls lies a fine 17th century baroque Cathedral designed by Lorenzo Gafà, the Maltese architect who also built the Cathedral of Mdina. It is said that it lies on the site where a Roman temple dedicated to Juno once stood. It is most famous for the remarkable trompe l'oeil painting on its ceiling, which depicts the interior of a dome that was never built.
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krzychu30 (15510) 2013-12-09 1:51
I know this place well(was extremly windy on the day I was there,so not the best photos:)
Very good capture of Victoria!
I like not only your POV,but also the contrast between blue sky and natural,stony facades.Looks really eye-catching!
Have a nice day
Gigidusud (17673) 2013-12-09 2:38
Beautiful view on the Citadel with great blue BG. Well done!
Have a nice day my friend,
timecapturer (49288) 2013-12-09 2:52
another stunning and iconic shot from these islands. Full of character and fascinating shapes, this perfectly executed shot is wonderful.
Enjoy a good week - B.
jhm (143469) 2013-12-09 3:00
We get a lovely view about it heart of Victoria Citadella.
Colours are pleasant, also the architecture is perfect.
Very well composition, nice captured.
Well done, TFS.
Have a nice week,
dta (70959) 2013-12-09 3:25
Hello Daniel ,
Despite of the rich architecture , it looks like a desolated place . I like the atmosphere created by the beautiful light .
Noel_Byrne (26998) 2013-12-09 4:48
This place looks beautiful, and as ancient as your note alludes to as a human settlement. The skyline is really appealing in this citadel, and the colors are really beautiful too. Nice framing too.
Thanks for sharing.
All the best
Sergiom (66255) 2013-12-09 5:10
On ne voit pas souvent de photos de cette région du pays.J'aime le point de vue très bas qui offre une belle perspective sur le village. Le ciel est absolument parfait comme arrière plan.
Oceania (5174) 2013-12-09 5:53
My understanding is that this is sort of ruin on the ground. The picture is very nice in color and clarity. As winter is coming (officially on Dec 21), we all miss sunny summer.
saxo042 (37602) 2013-12-09 10:17
A very attractive and interesting view. I Like the colours, the clear blue sky above the sandstone buildings below. Beautiful architecture!
Romano46 (18472) 2013-12-09 13:00
la tua educazione artistica - a mio parere - non ti lascia mai mentre fgotografi e questo spiega la perfezione sempre presente nelle tue composizioni .
In questa ad essa si unisce anche la perfezione della nitidezza e la dolcezza dei colori in un insieme assai gradevole.
Ogni tua foto è un invito a visitare Malta e le sue belle isole.
Ciao e buona serata
lousat (81666) 2013-12-09 14:12
Hi Daniel,very nice capture,this time in a postcard format,not usual in your gallery,and very well done from an original point of view and with the usual top quality,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
carlo62 (38024) 2013-12-09 14:22
ottima inquadratura, originale, ho visto altre foto della famosa Cittadella, ma credo sia la prima da questo punto.
Bella giornata, con una splendida luce e bei colori.
jjcordier (78388) 2013-12-09 23:02
Une vue différente de Malte. Bon cadrage de cette citadelle bien éclairée.
Nicou (128896) 2013-12-10 2:14
quelle place donnée au ciel mervielleux il est totalment limpide sueprbe captage et vue et cette citadelle qui trône dans ce décor de rêve.
Bravo et amitié
SnapRJW (31625) 2013-12-10 6:50
Hi Daniel - The light here is lovely, not too sharp but illuminating the buildings in such a way that the forms are well presented. The sky has an attractive gradation and colour which contrast with the soft warmth of the stone buildings. Warm regards Rosemary
adramad (40178) 2013-12-10 7:34
Very nice picture, while it conveys a taste of the past with this band of old buildings, including the tower of the church.
A beautiful day with the clear blue sky.
Good also both luminosity and clarity.
Silvio1953 (129332) 2013-12-10 7:36
Ciao Daniel, lovely composition with old citadel, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful pastel colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
mkamionka (32353) 2013-12-11 5:30
thank you for sharing it. It is one of the spots which I have missed. I had a whole day on Gozo but I had to spend half of that on the beach :(
Very attractive architecture photographed from an interesting POV. It feels like a really hot day.
Very well done!
macjake (60596) 2013-12-28 11:32
nice to see some of the other sides of Malta too, this area looks a bit more rustic than some of the other areas of the country...or at least from your photo's anyways.
fine photo especially because of the lighting seemed to be a bit harsh but you can't really notice it. looks great. thanks for this one.