The Republic Square (also known as Queen's Square or Piazza Regina) is a small square found in front of the National Library in Valletta, from left side the Grand Master's Palace borders it. In the middle of the square is a statue of Queen Victoria hence the name Queen's Square or Piazza Regina. The open space of the square is used by open air cafes, the most famous one being Cafe Cordina.
Valletta, the capital city of Malta, is built on the northern half of the Sciberras peninsula, which separates the Grand Harbour from Marsamxett Harbour. The city is completely surrounded by fortifications and covers an area that is 900 meters by 630 meters The street plan is based on a more or less uniform grid. Republic Street divides one side of the city from the other and runs from Fort St. Elmo to the City Gate. Many of the streets that run parallel to Republic Street fall steeply as you get closer to the tip of the peninsula. Transverse street begin as flights of stairs at each end. The stairs do not conform to normal dimensions since they were constructed so as to allow knights in heavy armour to be able to climb the steps. The steps contributes towards the uniqueness of Valletta. Any irregularities that occur in the streets grid were imposed on it by the lie of the land and the need to have unhampered communications around the circuit of the fortifications.
Valletta was the brainchild of Grand Master Jean de la Valette. When the knights agreed, although reluctantly, to make Malta their headquarters, de la Valette quickly realized that they needed a defensible city to protect the island against the Turkish hordes that had driven them out of Rhodes and had followed them all the way to Malta. At the Grand Master's request, the Pope sent his own architect and Michelangelo's assistant, Francesco Laparelli, to Malta to help with the building of Valletta. Arriving in Malta on December 28th, 1565, he had the plans for the city drawn within three days. On March 28th, the new city was officially born. The inauguration ceremony was held on the site of the Porta Reale (the site of the entrance gates to Valletta) and the city was christened Valletta after the Grand Master. The bastions surrounding the city are impressive indeed but were never tested. Perhaps the Turkish generals realized that they were no match against the fortified city. The Grand Harbour is virtually lined with a string of bastions. Fort Sant' Elmo and Fort Ricasoli (the largest fort in the Commonwealth) protect the entrance to the harbour. Fort St. Angelo and the walls of Birgu and Senglea across the harbour shield its flank. The Grand Master died before the city was finished.(Source: www.maltagozo.com)
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snunney (97545) 2010-10-03 2:31
You have chosen a good point of view to show us this well used square; the statue makes an interesting focal point and creates a feeling of depth. I could quite fancy a pleasant lunch under the awnings watching the world go by. Have a good Sunday.
ymrk (15079) 2010-10-03 2:52
relaxing time now :)) incredible perspective as always György..Regards,
kordinator (20513) 2010-10-03 3:18
Great compsition from Malta,nice square.
Beautiful monument in the foreground,nice open air cafe in the middleground and beautiful architecture in the backgroun.
Splendid atmosphere,nice place.
Good contrast and sharpness, fine colors.
Perfect framed image.
Vewry well wrritten note.
Well done my friends.
jurek1951 (42196) 2010-10-03 3:35
Wonderful winter scenery presented here. Looks very interesting. Great colours,
jlbrthnn (76037) 2010-10-03 6:25
It is another small very pleasant halt by this heat in Malta. Excel framing, with the inclusion of this imposing figure of the English history. Good realization. Cheer.
Have a nice sunday
asajernigan (21427) 2010-10-03 6:42
You have chosen a great POV for this shot including the statue in one corner with the umbrella tables filling the other side of the scene. The lighting and colors are great as is the photo's sharpness. The fine architecture and vines provide a nice backdrop for the scene.
dkmurphys (57514) 2010-10-03 7:54
Nice place, an image seen before at Cricri. Same calm atmosphere, a beautiful day to have a drink on the shadow side. A beautiful and picturesque corner of the city. Well done.
vasilpro (41271) 2010-10-03 14:01
Beautiful square to rest a tourist after his tour in street's of Valletta, interesting statue, excellent light and colors.
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
mauro61 (52855) 2010-10-03 23:01
bella inquadratura con la piazzetta piena di tavoli con il monumento a margine e i turisti seduti,
danyy (0) 2010-10-03 23:13
jolie carte postale de ce square bien accueillant. Une bonne exposition permet de maitriser les lumières solaires assez fortes.
amaryllis (36787) 2010-10-04 5:48
une superbe photo de cette statue d'une Reine, d'un endroit fort sympathique avec une météo plus que clémente
une note intéressante, une luminosité idéale
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-07-17
- Categories: Daily Life, Food, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/6.7, 1/250 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-10-03 2:00