The Grand Harbour (il-Port il-Kbir) in Malta is essentially a natural harbour which is probably the island's greatest geographic asset, and a cardinal determinant of Malta's history. This is reflected in its commercial activity and its military architecture. The Fort St Angelo ( on the right side) which has a commanding position at the centre of the harbour, and is the oldest fortress responsible for defending the harbour.
Valletta – in the background
Europe’s Smallest Capital City in the Heart of the deep Blue Mediterranean Sea, Valletta is a Dynamic City which has never ceased to change and move forward, retaining its original beauty and splendor.
Valletta is the designer city of the 16th Century built straight from the drawing-board of three men, a Political Leader and Head of the Order of the Knights, Jean Parisot de la Valette, a warrior engineer Francesco Laparelli, and a Maltese Architect, Girolamo Cassar. Valletta is one of Europe’s most sophisticated micro cities with an intense concentration of baroque architecture and a defense line of Fortifications that is second to non.
The City of Valletta was officially recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1980.
Vittoriosa’s fortress, St.Angelo – on the right side
Birgu (also called Il-Birgu or Vittoriosa) is a small city in Malta that played a vital role in the Siege of Malta in 1565. It is one of the three best-known cities on this small island nation. Its current population is of 2,691 (Nov 2005).
The city was established on the Great Harbour of Malta around Fort St. Angelo, and served as Malta's principal harbour. When the Knights of St. John arrived in 1530, they made Birgu the capital city of Malta, since the former capital, Mdina, was inland and did not suit their naval requirements. (Source: cityofvalletta.org & maltaguide & planetware)
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dip (22130) 2010-05-15 2:26
impressive view of the port!
excellent POV,nice natural colors and good lighting,
ikeharel (43845) 2010-05-15 2:40
A grand picture of the grand Harbour, I like the many details in picture, good POV.
Enjoy your weekend.
BeBeHooker (0) 2010-05-15 3:13
Very fine harbour, amazing sails, excellent fortress and cityscape. Wonderful weather. Superb colors. Good frame.
Bluejeans (64243) 2010-05-15 3:27
Ola George ,
Hoje somos vizinhos :)
A cidade de malta e muito bonita com as casas todas da mesma cor, ficou lindo este porto em tons de azul em primeiro plano , gostei das linhas dos barcos , boa lue e reflexos , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Bom fim de semana
snunney (72558) 2010-05-15 3:32
A splendid view of this Grand Harbour that really lives up to its name. I like the point of view looking across the moored rocks towards the ochre toned fortifications. Very good colours and sharpness.
Sergiom (45214) 2010-05-15 4:32
Très impressionnant comme image Ce port est immense et le point de vue utilisé le fait paraître encore plus grand.
La lumière est excellente et la netteté parfaite.
gildasjan (39558) 2010-05-15 6:14
Une image en quatre plan avec un bel accord de couleurs entre cette marée de bateaux et la teinte chaude de l'architecture à l'arrière plan.
dkmurphys (42389) 2010-05-15 6:19
Another beautiful post from that incredible place. Great management of colors, cold, warm and again blue cold. Nice panorama over the splendid harbor.
jhm (127843) 2010-05-15 6:45
You found a very nice place for these picture.
In foreground the marina and background the city as panorama sight.
Very well composition, colors and sharpness be superb.
Nice done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
vasilpro (40557) 2010-05-15 7:56
Wonderful and impressive view, excellent light management, lovely bright colors, excellent POV, beautiful atmosphere.
Have a nice Saturday evening, Vasilis.
danos (78030) 2010-05-15 12:48
nice presentation of this panoramic view of the Grand Harbour of Malta.I like the existence of all these sailing ships as the capital of the island surrounded from its fortification.Informative your note as well.
Have a nice Sunday,Danos
TopGeo (38080) 2010-05-15 13:16
Hello! George! Amazing sailboats!!!. Wonderful scene. Good POV A view with excelllent ellements .of port place! Nice natural lightness and colours. Good contrast and sharpness. Superb architecture in BG and sails ships. Well done!
Scharan (14144) 2010-05-15 13:42
Belo ponto de vista deste Porto...lindo colorido
dos barcos, bonita luz e ponto de vista.
Silvio1953 (105301) 2010-05-15 22:38
Ciao George, beautiful view of wonderful harbour full of boats, ineresting fortification in BG, splendoid reflections, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
Graal (92108) 2010-05-16 0:07
Jó napot George,
good shot from fine POV. Amazing sailboats in the harbour. Another nice Your remembrance from Malta.
Have a nice sunday.
jurek1951 (37040) 2010-05-16 3:36
Excellent contrast and presentation,
good colors and sharpness.
Excellent point of view,
yeln (11502) 2010-05-16 6:21
nice grand harbour. very good pov.
I like the composition. beautiful presentation. TFS!
LOOOK13 (19046) 2010-05-16 9:56
Very beautiful photograph, superb clearness, of the natural colors, a framing well control, the point of view is quite neat. This city resembles much my city, Marseilles!
faletiz (10759) 2010-05-16 10:59
this really a beautiful view of the port of Malta!
Beautiful image, is charming port with the sea and the boats with the magnificent backdrop of the city, clear and bright. Perfect cut, lights and colors. TFS, well done, really great!
Have a nice evening
AiresSantos (56155) 2010-05-16 23:47
Fine perspective of the Grand Harbour
I like the natural colors and sharpness
Nice contrast with the city in background
Have a nice week
Ola_Kwiatek (0) 2010-05-18 1:46
Amazing marina, amazing harbour. Wonderful place. Excellent sails. Very fine colors. Original frame.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-03-18
- Categories: Castles, Daily Life, Nature, Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Canon Digital EOS350D
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-05-15 2:22