A view of the upper part of the façade of the Church of St Barbara in Valletta, Malta.
The Church of St Barbara on Triq ir-Repubblika (Republic Street) was originally the official church of the Langue of Provence, one of the administrative divisions of the Knights Hospitaller or Order of St. John of Jerusalem.. The exterior was designed by the accomplished Italian architect Romano Carapecchia, and construction of the church started in 1739. The interior was completed by the Maltese architect Giuseppe Bonnici as Carapecchia died before the church was completed.
The façade of the church is typical of the baroque style and the central pediment supports a large gilded statue of Our Lady. Internally, the church is centrally planned (one cell), having an elliptical dome typical of the baroque period, something which is a very rare feature in local churches. This, combined with the semi-circular choir provide a very interesting design innovation.
St Barbara is the patron saint of gunners and for centuries the Confraternita dei Bombardieri (artillerymen) held their religious services at this church.
I was unable to examine the interior of the church during my stay in Malta, as the church was either shut or a service was in progress when I passed by.
(Source: My Guide, Malta)
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carlo62 (39863) 2014-06-29 1:03
bella questa inquadratura diretta, la bella architettura e le sue opere d'arte sula facciata sono ben visibili e piacevoli.
È bello vedere come ognuno interpreta gli stessi luoghi, ogni fotografo inquadra e compone a modo suo ed è attratto da cose diverse, tutto questo è curioso.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-06-29 3:03
a wonderful close crop shot of this Valletta church. Lots of glorious detail and beautiful intricacies here in this accomplished capture.
Enjoy your Sunday - B.
Fis2 (90951) 2014-06-29 3:13
Good frame and colors.
I like statue.
trevormoffiet (3112) 2014-06-29 4:51
A good capture despite the harsh light with which you had to contend. The architectural detail stands out well.
Sergiom (68856) 2014-06-29 5:29
Une beau cadrage classique mais aussi très efficace de cette superbe devanture d'église sous une lumière des plus spectaculaire. Les détails sont remarquables.
Nicou (131662) 2014-06-29 6:27
Quelle façade et compo superbe image et vue quelle statue sur la façade cette vierge dorée avec les niches superbe photo
Brao et asmitié
Noel_Byrne (27791) 2014-06-29 7:37
This is a beautiful church, it seems to be very ancient, and the stonework texture of the tower behind adds to this for me the most beautiful part of this is the statue of Our Lady, the statue looks very alive. It seems to have wet draping in its design, which I associate with gothic design more than baroque, but it works beautifully here creating this sense of life. Lovely place, a shame you did not get to see inside.
Silvio1953 (131920) 2014-06-29 8:12
Ciao Stephen, great detail of beautiful chrch, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
ikeharel (64041) 2014-06-29 8:42
Good evening Stephen,
Beautifully lit facade, enhanced the carved art details.
You had included the most importent elements on pic., especially on the lower line.
ourania (37514) 2014-06-29 12:48
you selected and framed a very interesting and eloquent part of this façade, in this way you created an almost graphic depiction and exalted the significant architectural and artistic details. I like how you used the strong light and intensified the contrasts, the details are outlined by the shadows superbly. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely week,
pierrefonds (61152) 2014-06-29 19:27
Le cadrage serré met cette partie de l'église en évidence. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs de l'architecture de cette partie de l'église St.Barbara. La bonne luminosité fait ressortir les couleurs. Bonne soirée.
papagolf21 (91602) 2014-06-29 23:41
Bonjour, cher Stephen,
Excellent choix de cadrage pour valoriser ainsi ce patrimoine architectural bénéficiant d'une élégance particulière.
Graal (100582) 2014-07-01 2:40
interesting the fragment of church facade. I like the details and sculpture. Good shot and presentation here.
Have a nice day.
delpeoples (55380) 2014-07-02 4:54
A like this close cropping. The play of light and shade is superb and has beautifully illuminated the details. Beautiful colours and constrasts. Well done!
siudzi (34141) 2014-07-05 1:37
This is so beautiful detail you have decided to photograph! Really amazing presentation taken with superb level of details. Like it a lot!
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (90914)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-06-00
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 1100D, Canon 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS
- Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-06-29 0:09