View to Valletta ( The St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral and the Church of St Paul)
St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral (from the right)
At the end of Archbishop Street in Valletta is St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral. It was built between 1839 and 1844 and funded by the Dowager Queen Adelaide widow of King William IV. During her visit in 1838-39 she discovered that there was not an Anglican church in Malta and ordered one to be built. The cathedral was finally built on the site where in 1574 the German auberge, Auberge d'allemagne use to stand but was knocked down to make way for the new cathedral. The cathedral was dedicated to St. Paul and has a huge steeple of 65m (210ft) which stands out marking the capital's skyline. Next to the cathedral is the Carmelite Dome in which the original had to be replaced in 1958 when the dome was bombed during World War II.
Church of St Paul (the Domed church from the left)
The church of St Paul traces its origins to the 1570s. Although the church of the Dominican fathers had already been declared as parish of Valletta, the Cathedral Chapter insisted on having a church of its own from where to administer sacraments to the inhabitants. Another church was constructed in 1609 but was demolished in 1639. The plans of the new church were prepared by Bartolomeo Garagona. The facade was rebuilt in 1885 to the design of Nicola Zammit.
St Paul is considered to be the spiritual father of the Maltese. His shipwreck is popularly considered as the greatest event in the nation's history. For this reason, St Paul's Collegiate Church is one of the most important in Malta. The church hosts fine artistic works, including the magnificent altarpiece by Matteo Perez d'Aleccio, the choir and dome of Lorenzo Gafa, the paintings by Attilio Palombi, and Giuseppe Cali and the titular statue of Melchiorre Gafa.
One can also view the treasured relic of the right wrist-bone of St Paul, and part of the column on which the saint was beheaded in Rome.
Valletta, The Fortress City, Citta' Umilissima, “a city built by gentlemen for gentlemen” is Malta's capital city: a living, working city, the administrative and commercial heart of the Islands. Valletta is named after its founder, the respected Grand Master of the Order of St John, Jean Parisot de la Valette. The magnificent fortress city grew on the arid rock of Mount Sceberras peninsula, which rises steeply from two deep harbours, Marsamxett and Grand Harbour. Started in 1566, Valletta was completed, with its impressive bastions, forts and cathedral, in the astonishingly short time of 15 years.
Valletta has many titles, all recalling its rich historical past. It is the “modern” city built by the Knights of St John; a masterpiece of the Baroque; a European Art City and a World Heritage City. Ruled successively by the Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and the Order of the Knights of St John, it is one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world.
The city is busy by day, yet retains a timeless atmosphere. The grid of narrow streets boasts some of Europe's finest art works, churches and palaces.
Hosting a vast cultural programme, walking around Valletta you’ll come across an intriguing historical site around every corner: votive statues, niches, fountains and coats of arms high up on parapets. Narrow side streets are full of tiny quaint shops and cafés, while Valletta’s main streets are lined with larger international branded shops for fashion, music, jewellery and much more. (Source: visitmalta.com)
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mauro61 (52623) 2010-09-28 2:06
un'altra bella immagine da questa isola che ci stai fcendo conoscere a fondo.
Bello il contrasto di forme tra la cupola e il campanile che si fronteggiano.
ottimo il POV,
snunney (80731) 2010-09-28 2:12
A splendid composition featuring this lovely church architecture. I like the point of view looking across the harbour and making use of the boat as an initial focal point. Very good colours and sharpness.
hemantbuch (1649) 2010-09-28 2:36
Excellent vertical frame, lovely composition with the boat in the foreground and the majestic architecture behind and perfect dof. All in all, a superb picture.
dta (64142) 2010-09-28 2:45
Hello George ,
A perfect view of the famous church , with the boat to complete the composition .
besnard (52489) 2010-09-28 2:49
Un joli cliché lumineux avec cette église très connue et photogénique.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
LOOOK13 (19046) 2010-09-28 2:57
Very beautiful photograph, a perfect composition, with this boat in the foreground, and the Cathedral behind. An ideal format.
HimalAnda (8935) 2010-09-28 3:07
Perfect sharpness, very nice colors and a great composition (I like the boat on the foreground) : this is a beautiful picture.
dkmurphys (47690) 2010-09-28 3:11
Very good composition, a perfect view of the picturesque old city. Well done, have a beautiful day.
atif_ge (700) 2010-09-28 3:52
Beautiful composition & framing.
Thanks for sharing,
jhm (136728) 2010-09-28 3:58
Splendid combination the small boat in foreground .
The St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral and the Church of St Paul make these picture very interesting.
Composition and presentation are nice for look at.
Very well done, TFS.
JCG (35129) 2010-09-28 4:00
A A similarity with the dome of the Vatican this superb cathedral… A pretty point of view on this part of Malta where this trawler gives much of depth to the image. As usual the colors and the light are very pleasant. Thank you George.
With all my friendships and a very good day,
jjcordier (74564) 2010-09-28 4:46
Encore une image parfaitement composée de La Valette où chaque détail est à sa place et où tout est soigné à la perfection.
npecanhuk (62564) 2010-09-28 4:48
Good morning George!
Special regards to the architectural details of that Cathedral and the presence of the boat in the lower fg!
Top Quality and Great Beauty!
TFS - congrats,
jurek1951 (40949) 2010-09-28 4:49
Nice photo George with great perspective. Color, light and clarity, very nice.Very interesting architecture.
amaryllis (33778) 2010-09-28 5:07
un bon format vertical pour nous montrer cette cathédrale et église avec chacune leur histoire d'après ta note intéressante, et en premier plan ce bateau
excellente netteté et luminosité
Sergiom (56635) 2010-09-28 5:59
Le cadrage vertical est idéal . Le petit bateau passe juste au bon moment pour donner une belle profondeur à l'image. Le dôme est magnifique dans cette belle lumière d'été.
ikeharel (54229) 2010-09-28 7:11
A fine outlines of the Dome and it's vicinity, George.
The boat in Fg creats a dinamic "motion-like" to the image.
Cricri (103145) 2010-09-28 10:26
Belle lumière sur la cathédrale et l'église, belle vue d'ensemble sur la ville, un joli plus avec le bateau colorés
faletiz (10759) 2010-09-28 10:34
This photo is one of the best of your series on Valletta. The inclusion of boat colored featured donates a particular attraction to the photo. The composition is beautiful, dominated by the Cathedral, warm colours of the houses and the blue strip. Beautiful colors. Bravo, I love this picture!
jlbrthnn (79791) 2010-09-28 11:25
What a splendid architecture! who appears indestructible being. I like contrast between the dynamism of the foreground and the static background. Excellent realization.
Have a good evening
sandpiper (6788) 2010-09-28 13:46
Great view of this huge church, it certainly does dominate the skyline. The position of the boat is ideal. Great composition and construction.
vasilpro (40881) 2010-09-28 14:15
Superb composition, wonderful view, excellent light management, lovely colors, very nice POV with the boat in FG, beautiful church in BG.
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
Gerrit (45886) 2010-09-28 15:01
excellent shoy with the majestic buildings and the colorful boat as a perfect foreground element.
phwall (6785) 2010-09-28 16:52
It's a wonderfully descriptive photograph, the framing is excellent and your composition is superb.
Love the boat going past in the foreground.
A shot any magazine editor would not hesitate to put into a travel magazine.
Very good note too.
ktanska (24408) 2010-09-28 22:09
A well framed tele shot across the harbour to Valletta. That old boat is very nice foreground detail. Large dome makes an interesting combination with that sharp tower on the right.
Graal (96014) 2010-09-28 23:48
Jó napot George,
good vertical format and composition. Beautiful architecture of cathedral and church. Well presentation. I like it.
Have a nice day.
danyy (0) 2010-09-29 0:15
une belle photo dans sa conception mais je relève un petit manque de définition sans doute dans l'écrasement de la photo pour TE et du bruit dans le ciel.
Excellent cadrage et choix du format vertical.
mesutilgim (81424) 2010-09-29 11:34
Hi dear George,
Another nice capture from Malta.
Good pov, and perfect layout. Nice the travelling boat in the foreground creating the necessary dynamism of the scene.
Good notes as allways.
TFS and best regards
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2010-09-30 0:40
Hello George! Amazing vertical composition. Sophisticated cut. Fine boat, wonderful architecture. Perfect exposure. Good contrast, sharpness and focus. Well done! Kellemes estét kívánok!
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-07-23
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/8, 1/350 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2010-09-28 2:03