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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limielski (2571) 2013-08-26 3:04
A picturesque place. The orange boats in the front give a charm to your photo. I like the POV, colours. Superb sharpness and composition!
Have a nice day!
timecapturer (37028) 2013-08-26 3:16
lovely shot this, so typical of Malta with bright light and the wonderful little boats that always looks so captivating in this setting. Superb composition and execution that makes this iconic and beautiful.
Have a good week - Brian.
subhendu_bagchi (21006) 2013-08-26 3:40
wow! How nice and colourful frame it is! Great composition Daniel. Love the foreground boats. Excellent colour contrast. Nice depth. A very good one. Tfs.
snunney (72650) 2013-08-26 3:54
A splendid view across this busy harbour. Fine point of view complement by excellent light and colours, very good sharpness.
Romano46 (11425) 2013-08-26 4:35
altra bella ed originale foto colta nelle acque dell'Isola di Malta.
Eccellenti sia i soggetti, che la composizione ed i colori.
Un soggetto che già sarebbe apparso stupendo da solo, ma che acquista ancor maggiore valore con la cornice della città che gli fa da sfondo.
Un eccellente lavoro
Ciao e buona giornata
Sergiom (45348) 2013-08-26 4:54
Elles ont un petit côté vénitien ces très belles barques de bois verni. L'alignement pousse le regard au loin et donne de la profondeur à la composition. La lumière est magnifique.
Nicou (105721) 2013-08-26 5:06
quelles belles barque une très belle architecture et forme originale tout en bois et ce rouge avec le bord dewssiné sueprbe cpatage et vue merveilleux
Bravo et amitié
carlo62 (19357) 2013-08-26 5:31
bella inquadratura di queste tipiche imbarcazioni, contornate dal porto e dalla città inllontananza.
I colori sono molto belli, ma ho l'impressione che la foto sia inclinata verso destra.
danos (78056) 2013-08-26 6:03
nice the view of this section of the grand harbour with the small boats on the foreground and the other the more expenssive on the backdrop.Excellent the light and the colour management of the image.
Leksand (880) 2013-08-26 6:15
Great compositon here and very nice colors!
Bartleby (13238) 2013-08-26 6:50
cool composition and attractive bright colors. Like this.
kabel (1251) 2013-08-26 7:06
Hello, excellent composition. The colors are so vibrant. A nice overall view of the harbor. TFS,
SnapRJW (23576) 2013-08-26 8:58
Hello Daniel - The 3 boats in the FG make a fine colour contrast and FP to the more distant details. The decorative designs with the 'eye' must be a traditional design and my curiosity piqued I found that the Eye of Horus (named for the ancient, pre-Christian Egyptian god) is a traditional form of protection for those who venture on the water. Your shots of Malta tempt me to visit the place some day. Warm regards rosemary
Oceania (3231) 2013-08-26 11:46
This harbor view is marvelous. The orange colored boats are shining under the Mediterranean bright sun. The shape of the boats are also unique and beautiful. tfs.
serp2000 (33067) 2013-08-26 12:47
Good night, Daniel,
Another intersting postcard from Malte! Very attractive composition! What's so unusual boats on the FG? Very nice design, good presentation! TFS!
romanaa (7642) 2013-08-26 13:22
I love the way you used the different colours of the boats in the foreground to make wonderful contrast and eyes are driven from the whole to detail.
elenimavrandoni (9965) 2013-08-26 16:56
Daniel, I simply love your picture from Malta! Fantastic vertical, extraordinary color and light!
all the best
adidas5nb (2885) 2013-08-26 20:55
it really does look grand and beautiful.love the pov.and the sheer number of masts.lovely light and sharpness.
jjcordier (67186) 2013-08-26 23:10
Jolie et lumineuse composition verticale où les barques maltaises jouent les vedettes en premier plan.
photoray (6644) 2013-08-27 11:02
I am attracted to the Maltese boats in the foreground, unique and unlike our California boats, especially the bow design. Then the background of modern yachts would be at home here in California.
macjake (45588) 2013-08-29 1:37
I've missed this one.
as you have a liking for narrow streets, I have a liking for Marina's.
chances are many of the boats in any marina will be white, and the color combination of white/blue always looks appealing to the eye.
here we have a height progression of orange, blue, white, sandstone and blue again.
whats not to like right!
love the different style of boats too.
ourania (18566) 2013-09-05 7:12
a wonderful layout, that pleases the eyes with its elegance and offers surpisingly much information on this unique harbour. Every shape, detail and perspective looks significant and the blue tones that consist the backdrop are delicious. I love the alternation of bright, contrasting colours and the substantial inclusion of a clear view of the massive town in the distance. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,