Chapel of San Anton Palace
Probably the best known of the Islands’ gardens, San Anton gardens was laid out by Grand Master Antoine de Paule as grounds to his summer residence, San Anton Palace.
In the palace a little chapel can be found. It is dedicated to the Madonna del Pilar and its vault is decorated with the coats-of-arms of Grandmasters Antoine Manoel de Vilhena, Manoel Pinto de Fonseca and Emanuel de Rohan-Polduc. Stylistically, the chapel is similar to the contemporary churches of the first half of the 17th century to be found in towns and villages. It consists of a rectangular barrel-vaulted nave with arched ribs which divide the ceiling into six bays. The altar is set in a deep chancel separated from the nave by two pilasters which carry the last arched rib of the vault.
From 1802 until 1964, San Anton Palace was the official residence of the British Governor, after which it remained a state building and is now the residence of the Maltese President. Various heads of state have visited the gardens over the years and numerous plaques mark their ceremonial tree planting.
The garden is a botanical delight with mature trees, old stone urns, fountains, ponds and formal flower beds. The garden is formal with rustic touches and holds a wide variety of plants and flowers, such as Jacaranda trees, Norfolk Pines, Bougainvillea and roses.
Nowadays, the garden is the Annual Horticultural Show venue and during summer, the spacious central court becomes an open-air theatre for drama and musical performances.
Attard is one of the so-called Three Villages, along with neighbouring Lija and Balzan. Many wealth families built summer residences here in the early years of the 20th century, and the Three Villages are still considered an exclusive urban area. Attard lies almost halfway between Malta's medieval capital Mdina and the Knights' `new' capital Valletta. Its position meant the village was always the centre of transport and communication projects between the two. First was the Wignacourt acquaduct, completed in 1615, built to solve the problems of Valletta's drinking water supply. In the late 19th century came the railway, a service which lasted only until the 1930s. Attard today is still characterised by large villas and gardens, the most impressive of which is San Anton Palace built by Grand Master Antoine de Paule in the late 16th century. It is now the official residence of the President of Malta and is used for state functions. The gardens, open to the public, are a baroque masterpiece and oasis of green and calm. The village has many architectural gems, but the highlight is the Parish Church of St Mary (1616) designed by Maltese architect Tumas Dingli. It is regarded as the best Renaissance monument on the Islands. Near Attard is the Ta' Qali Crafts Village, on the old wartime airfield, and the National Stadium. (Source: visitmalta)
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jurek1951 (42156) 2010-09-25 2:14
Another great perspective with lovley colors of you,Like angle view and ,Good symmetric shot,Sharpness is well,A good shot of this historical place,
vasilpro (40933) 2010-09-25 2:26
Wonderful interior composition, interesting architectural details, beautiful wall paintings, excellent light management, lovely colors.
Have a nice weekend, Vasilis.
snunney (83661) 2010-09-25 4:14
A splendid capture of this beautifully decorated interior. The image is well exposed with excellent colours and clarity, enabling us to appreciate the lovely detail to be seen.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2010-09-25 5:35
Very beautiful photograph of interior, perfectly exposed and clear. Great photographic art and tchnic perfect. congratulations.
Have a nice day
Sergiom (59956) 2010-09-25 6:32
L'avant lan assez sombre guide le regard vers le toit de la chapelle qui est très beau et lumineux. Très belle profondeur de champs.
mauro61 (52623) 2010-09-25 9:41
bello e ben ripreso l'interno di questa chiesa con una inquadraturache va dal tetto all'altare,
gildasjan (41582) 2010-09-25 12:31
Superbe les couleurs du plafond de cette chapelle.Une très bonne gestion des lumières de cet intérieur d'église.
mesutilgim (84272) 2010-09-25 12:45
Very nice inner capture of this church. Almost nill distortion and perfect sharpness.
The maltese cross on the altar is the signature of the church.
Very good notes as allways.
TFS and best regards
dkmurphys (49228) 2010-09-25 13:02
Beautiful interior capture. Impressive architecture with great paints. I like the atmosphere given by the perfect lights. Good work.
Have a nice Sunday.
bukitgolfb301 (35900) 2010-09-25 17:42
Hello my dear George
So gorgeous and sacred shot indeed. Solemn atmosphere!
Outstanding framework and well mature composition as usual. Perfect light control although the contarst is quite strong. This is the best one from you this passed one week. Blessing on your great job and thanks for sharing, have a good Sunday,
danyy (0) 2010-09-25 23:20
un cadrage classique dans le prolongement de l'allée centrale, une vue qui débouche vers un autel bien lumineux. Je pense que la photo est assez bruitée.
amaryllis (34775) 2010-09-26 5:16
malgré le plan sombre au premier plan, l'architecture et les fresques assurent une bonne luminosité
les détails sont superbes
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-07-20
- Categories: Castles, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/30 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-09-25 2:09