Vittoriosa, or Birgu, one of the Three Cities, lies on one of the promontories jutting into Grand Harbour, opposite Valletta.
At its tip is Fort St. Angelo, perhaps the oldest fortification on the Islands. The strategic position of both fort and city over the millennia has led some to call this area `the cradle of Maltese history'. Certainly settlers and rulers from the Phoenicians to the British all made use of the defences here. To honour the part played by the city of Birgu, Grand Master La Valette renamed it Civitas Vittoriosa, `Victorious Town'. Vittoriosa was the first home of the Knights when they arrived in 1530. As such, it contains many important architectural riches. The Knights `auberges' (inns of residence), palaces and churches here are older than those in Valletta.
Highlights include the Church of St. Lawrence, designed by Malta's most prominent baroque architect, Lorenzo Gafa', the Inquisitor's Palace, Fort St. Angelo and the Maritime Museum.
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snunney (87386) 2014-08-07 2:19
The rows of tightly packed yachts make an interesting frame and help draw the viewer into the scene. I like the light and colours; very good sharpness.
ourania (34513) 2014-08-07 2:48
a busy but very attractive and interesting scenery, you built your composition in such a way that all the elements depicted are strongly connected and offer a comprehensive look on the character of this harbour. I appreciate the superb sharpness and clarity, that allow us study all these details and make our way through the setting. There are layers of interest, very nicely tucked in the tight, vertical frame. The colours are natural and delightful. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
rbassin (19197) 2014-08-07 2:50
une très belle photo prise dans ce port.
les trois barques forment un bon premier plan, l'image est bien composée avec les voiliers et la ville au fond.
npecanhuk (68238) 2014-08-07 3:53
Attractive picture, full of interesting elements to be seen and enjoyed!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, vertical format, chosen pov and composition really pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
jhm (142015) 2014-08-07 4:53
Everything is very quiet with the boats in foreground and the city in background.
Your colours and subject are very well chosen.
What a sharpness and clarity of area.
An excellent composition, nice choice of your angle, this cares for depth and perspective.
Very well done, TFS.
miumiu (6113) 2014-08-07 5:39
Very beautiful harbour view of Vittoriosa.
This is a very calm place. l like it very much.
The colours and sharpness are superb on your photo.
carlo62 (36213) 2014-08-07 6:51
uno dei tuoi tagli verticali che mi piacciono molto.
Bella profondità, il porto in primo piano riempie lo spazio con le sue barche, lasciando intravedere le facciate della città attraverso le linee degli alberi delle barche.
holmertz (43291) 2014-08-07 7:05
Fine boats of different kinds facing different directions. The background view is typically Maltese and the sharpness and colours are impressive.
Nicou (126408) 2014-08-07 7:25
Quelle vue sur ce port ave c e graphisme de mâts tous ce bateaux et en fond les édifices superbe captage et vue.
Bravo et amitié
maria-v1981 (10816) 2014-08-07 8:24
This is an excellent and fascinating composition.
The strong contrast between the old town and the modern marina is amazing. Great contrast in colour and in shapes and yet so well balanced.
saxo042 (37596) 2014-08-07 8:32
A very fine holiday picture with beautiful boats in the foreground and interesting architecture as background. Pleasant colours.
SnapRJW (31623) 2014-08-07 10:35
Hello Daniel - The three wooden boats in the FG give an attractive colour counterpoint to the scene beyond. I like the composition with its layers of interest, busy but not cluttered or messy. The expanse of sky adds a feeling of space to the scene and balances the shot well.
asajernigan (21372) 2014-08-07 12:59
This is a nice shot of the harbor. The boats in the foreground add depth and a good lead in for the shot. The masts and sailboats add interest to the scene. The lighting and colors are great and the photo has fine sharpness.
lousat (79912) 2014-08-07 15:33
Hi Daniel,beautiful postcard made in a typical style,with the boats as a carpet under the rich local facades,a great capture as usual made with the best quality! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
jjcordier (77870) 2014-08-07 22:49
Une composition verticale intéressante pour présenter cette ville maltaise et son port de plaisance.
emka (82678) 2014-08-07 23:18
Very nice composition, with boats and old building on the shore. Beautiful colours and excellent sharpness.
Warm regrads MAlgo
COSTANTINO (57971) 2014-08-08 3:05
Hello my dear friend
what could I say for this amazing summer postcard?
here we have an attractive and impressive scenery
with superb lightness and clarity
interesting close up of this harbour
with a strategic position of both fort
and city nice choice of your angle
have a nice weekend
boa (6205) 2014-08-08 4:36
ports and marinas are two good subjects for photography, it is bustling and a lot to see. I like your well chosen spot for this shot. Boats in the foreground and buildings in the background, a good depth. A crisp and clear shot with natural colors, well done!
Have a nice day/
Cricri (109761) 2014-08-08 9:36
Belle composition du port, les barques bien placés en avant plan, suivi des bateaux de plaisance et des bâtiments en arrière plan, j'aime la douceur des couleurs et le format choisi
Tue (28098) 2014-08-09 3:45
A nice combination of the smaller boats and the larger yachts with the old city as a lovely background. Well seen and captured.
PaulVDV (23417) 2014-08-10 10:47
I remember the Three Cities as a very interesting and beautiful part of Malta.
The port is very busy and you present it well with these boats moored in different directions.
I like the brightness of this picture very much, its composition and the excellent sharpness.
Best regards, Paul
ChrisJ (101844) 2014-08-20 12:14
Missed this one. Smart choice of a vertical frame with fantastic fg reflections and good sharpness and saturation. The pale honey yellow color of the bg buildings contrasts well against the blue sky. The fg fishing boats vaguely resemble Venetian gondolas. Tfs!
jmdias (57577) 2014-09-03 17:01
interesting view of this small port with the town and its architecture ahead. I liked these details. well done.