View from the Upper Barrakka Gardens
The Upper Barrakka Gardens are situated near Castille Place and possess unsurpassed views across the Grand Harbour over to the Three Cities.
The origins of the Upper Barrakka Gardens go back to 1661, when it was a private garden of the Italian Knights, whose inns of residence (auberges) lie close by. It was not before 1824 that it was opened as a public garden and during WWII the garden suffered much destruction.
The paths are lined with and the busts, statues and plaques that chart various personalities and other significant events in Maltese history.
Of special interest are the bronze group, known as ‘Les Gavroches’ (street urchins), by an early 20th century Maltese sculptor. Depicting three children hurrying forward, the idea behind this statue was the extreme hardship faced at the turn of the 20th century.
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 & planetware)
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snunney (103207) 2010-09-29 1:52
A fine perspective along the esplanade. The people sitting on the benches admiring the view contribute much to the pleasant atmosphere.
Royaldevon (40988) 2010-09-29 2:05
Good Morning George,
You have achieved superb clarity with this interesting and vey relaxing shot.
The aspect is well chosen, where the converging lines draw the gaze inwards and give a srtong sense of perspective.
Excellent details to provide a strong impression of architecture and the mood of Malta.
Have a good day,
lousat (94684) 2010-09-29 2:06
Hi George,a great idea the choice of this perpsective,the view is great and all the people are there to see this beautifull spectacle.Top quality and perfect light balance as usual!Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.
mursaloglu (8682) 2010-09-29 2:17
I like here gereat sense of depht and amazing capture of the daily life. Fantastic shadow / light areas contrast bravo ihsan
npecanhuk (75660) 2010-09-29 2:21
It must be a very nice place to have great views and to have some rest from all the walking around!
Sharpness, exposure, pov, colors, pp, contrasts, horizontal format, black & white borders, dof and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2010-09-29 2:55
Hello George! Nice scene, superb place and gorgeous people. Fine weather, very fine brightness and colours. Good exposure and sharpness, superb focus. Splendid effect. Well done! Kellemes estét kívánok!
carlosmarin (11954) 2010-09-29 3:19
Beautiful scene of daily life, in the terrace of Upper Barrakka Gardens.
Good POV with the rail of the viewing-point that believes a diagonal in the image.
Beautiful colors and light.
Bluejeans (64251) 2010-09-29 3:28
Bonito este corredor com vista para a cidade , gostei de ver os turistas sentados a relaxar nos bancos , boa profundidade de foto , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
asajernigan (21427) 2010-09-29 3:40
This is a nicely composed shot with the balcony creating a great diagonal through the shot. The view from the balcony is great and you have presented it nicely. The lighting and colors are fine and the photo has excellent sharpness.
Sergiom (84371) 2010-09-29 7:11
Très belle composition qui permet de voir celui qui regarde et ce qu'il regarde. La clotu re en diagonale guide le regard vers cette partie de la ville près de l'eau.
John_F_Kennedy (43757) 2010-09-29 7:18
A wonderful view of this attractive place in Valetta. Good colours, sharpness and contrasts.
holmertz (56095) 2010-09-29 7:20
This looks like a nice place to sit in the shade and enjoy the marvellous view. A fine compostion of a long row of people along the yellow pillars and the green railing. The light is very well handled and the colours are perfect.
jlbrthnn (76039) 2010-09-29 14:08
Good evening George,
It has anything negative to say on this skilful framing. Nothing either negative about quality light and realization. The terrace is agreeably alive. Cheer.
Have a good evening
danyy (0) 2010-09-29 23:15
une jolie carte postale, simple et vivante qui donne un joli panorama en arrière plan. Couleurs et lumières bien dosées. Une grande finesse dans les détails.
Gerrit (52099) 2010-09-30 3:56
wll composed view of a view.
Great balance and wonderful colors.
Cricri (122473) 2010-09-30 4:15
Très jolie présentation toute en perspective et vue sur la ville et la mer, un endroit ou j'ai pris plaisir de m'asseoir sur un de ces bancs, belle lumière et couleurs
saxo042 (37908) 2010-09-30 11:49
A very pleasant place to rest and enjoy the magnificient view. The long line of the green railing makes an important part of your composition. Very good note, too!
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-07-10
- Categories: Castles, Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/6.7, 1/180 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-09-29 1:46