A view inside one of courtyards in th Grandmaster's Palace, Malta. The so-called Neptune's Courtyard mentioned below did not seem open to the public. This shows the other one.
The Grandmaster's Palace located in Valletta currently houses the Office of the President of Malta and the House of Representatives, as well as being a heritage site run by Heritage Malta.
The site of the Grandmaster's Palace was originally an Auberge d'Italie. The Auberge was built in 1570 on the design of Girolamo Cassar. This was also the house of Eustachio del Monte, a nephew of Grandmaster Jean Parisot de Valette, founder of the city. In 1571 the Auberge was purchased and Cassar was once again commissioned to enlarge it into a palace.
Over the years, the Palace was enlarged and developed by successive Grandmasters to serve as their official residence. During the British period it served as the Governor's Palace. The Council of Government and the Malta Legislative Assembly (precursors to the present day House of Representatives) met here and it also was the first place to serve as the office of the Prime Minister.
The palace is built around two courtyards, one of which is dominated by a statue of Neptune. There are two entrances in the front on Palace Square as seen here and one entrance from Piazza Regina (Republic Square) just west of the National Library. The entrance to the state rooms is in the Neptune Courtyard via a spiral staircase.
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emka (81954) 2014-07-17 23:48
Lovely view of this courtyard, my attention is called by this beautiful trees - ficus and jacaranda, as I suppose. Charming capture.
Warm regrads Malgo
Royaldevon (31339) 2014-07-18 1:49
I like this very much, it is full of atmosphere. The beauty of the carvings and the architectural decoration on the Grandmaster's Palace is tempered by the vegetation, an absolute must to provide shade and colour in the face of extreme heat.
Have a lovely day,
timecapturer (49288) 2014-07-18 2:54
a glorious shot of this little courtyard. Somewhere to escape the summer heat that must hit this city. A little man made oasis that looks beautiful in this excellent composition. Strikes a chord here today with the temperature in the 90's, and after a deluge and nature's light show last night, humidity is mind numbing!
Enjoy the weekend - B.
Giustiniani (3418) 2014-07-18 3:05
un très bel endroit, une superbe végétation avec en arrière plan une très belle architecture. Une très belle mise en valeur.
Sergiom (63002) 2014-07-18 4:08
Valetta semble être une ville des plus photogéniques. J'aime beaucoup la couleur de ces fleurs. Il y en a beaucoup de semblables en Andalousie.Les couleurs ressortent très bien.
jhm (141307) 2014-07-18 4:47
We see behind the courtyard the wonderful entrance with a wonderful balcon.
But your picture is very well with depth and perspective taken, this is more important.
Very well composition, excellent presentation.
Sharpness and clarity are perfect.
Nice done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
ourania (33565) 2014-07-18 6:13
this is definitely a challenging theme, the vegetation and decoration of the courtyard must make it very difficult to capture a good and comprehensive view of the façade. You found a superb point of view to present the elegant façade over and through the garden. You also managed the light very aptly, to achieve pleasing clarity and fine, natural colours. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
Noel_Byrne (25788) 2014-07-18 11:53
Nice place, and a perfect composition of it. I really like that you included the full whoosh of the circular fence, it softens the picture up very nicely. The building is great of course, but the real beauty here is the contrast of the yellow flowers to the purple hanging above.
Thanks as always
serp2000 (41012) 2014-07-18 12:27
Good June evening, Stephen,
Another interesting photo from Malta, outstanding colors, fine details of the palace, special thanks for this interesting note. I'd like to visit Malta too. Perhaps some later...
Fis2 (87427) 2014-07-18 13:25
Excellent POV and colors.
Very well done.
I like it.
pierrefonds (58337) 2014-07-18 18:33
Les arbres aident à cadrer la façade. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs de la façade. La bonne luminosité valorise les couleurs de l'image. Bonne soirée.
Nicou (125220) 2014-07-18 23:22
quelle belle image quel recherche de cadrage superbe compo et vue avec ce rond la petit barrière cet éclairage sur l'herbe autour de l'arbre et ce place en fond grandiose vue.
Bravo et amitié
carlo62 (35328) 2014-07-18 23:47
bel giardino, sembra quasi che venga in aiuto con la sua ombra anche per noi che stiamo guardando.
Belli i colori, molto naturali.
Cricri (108775) 2014-07-19 10:03
Belle architecture du palace, bien cadrer avec toutes cette végétations, vertes et certaines en fleurs, c'est très joli
cornejo (33336) 2014-07-20 12:34
Salut Stephen Grande photo de cette belle composition dans ce lieu magnifique, très bien composé et capturé cette belle image avec une bonne netteté, profondeur, assez léger, la couleur et la qualité. Très bon travail bien fait, félicitations mon ami. Merci pour le partage.
Bonsoir et début heureux de la semaine.
Salutations chaleureuses du sud de l'Espagne.
ChrisJ (100840) 2014-07-21 2:15
The blue purple flowers of the jacaranda tree and the blue cyan windows at left contrast superbly against the yellow flowers in the circular garden bed. Good sharpness and punchy light contrasts. Excellent graphism and tight framing. Tfs!
npecanhuk (67520) 2014-07-28 19:13
Lovely and beautiful picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov and composition really pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (86500)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-06-00
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 1100D, Canon 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS
- Exposure: f/8, 1/80 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-17 23:39