The Maltese cross, also known as the Amalfi cross, is the cross symbol associated with the Knights Hospitaller (the Knights of Malta) and by extension with the island of Malta.
The cross is eight-pointed and has the form of four "V"-shaped elements, each joining the others at its vertex, leaving the other two tips spread outward symmetrically. Its design is based on crosses used since the First Crusade. It is also the modern symbol of Amalfi, a small Italian republic of the 11th century.
In the mid 16th century, when the Knights were at Malta, the familiar design now known as the "Maltese Cross" became associated with the island. The first evidence for Maltese Cross on Malta appears on the 2 Tarì and 4 Tarì Copper coins of the Grand Master Jean Parisot de la Vallette (Grand Master 1557–1568). The 2 and 4 Tarì Copper coins are dated 1567. This provides a date for the introduction of the Maltese Cross.
The Maltese cross was depicted on the two mils coin in the old Maltese currency and is now shown on the back of the one and two Euro coins, introduced in January 2008.
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Oceania (5202) 2014-01-14 8:31
You tell us the flagpole-like thing is a cross. It's so interesting. Your note is very informative. It's a very nice picture, thanks.
ManuMay (36287) 2014-01-14 8:41
Well see and done, perfect match and composition, textures and colours a very good, and finishing on an elegant frame and cropping, great work...
dta (81076) 2014-01-14 9:10
Hello Daniel ,
Excellent capture of this white cross against a facade , with , as usual , a very clever frmaing .
holmertz (57367) 2014-01-14 12:36
A nice, square composition. I don't know what the typical cross is doing in this place, but it looks good against the rather plain background. There's a good balance in the picture with the cross placed a third from the right.
Romano46 (18472) 2014-01-14 12:51
mi piacciono molto i toni caldi dei colori, la nitidezza impeccabile ed il piacevole gioco delle ombre.
Belli anche i colori molto caldi e la semplicità della composizione.
Ciao e buona serata
mesutilgim (96730) 2014-01-14 12:54
Very nice capture from Malta with their famous cross as "landmark" in your compo.
TFS and best regards
emka (104210) 2014-01-14 14:09
hello Daniel, another nice detail noticed in Maltese street. Beautiful composition.
WArm regards MAlgo
carlo62 (53252) 2014-01-14 15:39
insolito taglio quadrato, di solito preferisci quello verticale, probabilmente c'era qualcosa che disturbava l'inquadratura.
Un bel particolare, la croce maltese è in bella evidenza su quello sfondo originale.
A dire il vero, avrei preferito tagliare la foto sotto i davanzali delle finestre, in modo da eliminare il filo.
jjcordier (79297) 2014-01-15 0:04
Une composition réussie exploitant bien cette croix maltaise.
BennyV (19693) 2014-01-15 2:16
Great detail shot, Daniel. Fantastic light and shadows. I'm a bit in doubt about the cropped window. It works as it is (with the cross itself perfectly placed), but I'm curious if there were any alternatives.
Nicou (148458) 2014-01-15 5:23
fantastique captage de cette façade avec ces deux fenêtres et volet une coupée avec cette crois quel dessin elle a superbe vue.
Bravo et amitié
Sergiom (85999) 2014-01-15 5:59
Tu as choisi un très bel arrière plan pour cette belle croix de Malte.Une très belle luminosité qui fait bien ressortir les détails.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-01-15 6:11
simple and effective shot this. Like the elements and the way they make the main subject of the image stand out so elegantly. Creative imagery and presentation.
Regards - B.
SWEETFREEDOM (24621) 2014-01-20 0:42
nice close view, i like colors and details.
tatadalou (7459) 2014-01-22 11:38
Nice composition, with a delicate cropping. A few shadows add some relief to the picture.