View to the Manoel Island and the Manoel fortress (with Sliema in the background)
Manoel Island in Gżira's Marsamxett Harbour, was originally known as l'Isola del Vescovo or il-Gżira tal-Isqof in Maltese (literally translated as "the Bishop's Island"). In 1643 Jean Paul Lascaris, Grandmaster of the Knights of Malta, constructed a quarantine hospital (lazzaretto) on the island, in an attempt to control the periodic influx of plague and cholera on board visiting ships.
The island was renamed after António Manoel de Vilhena, a Portuguese Grandmaster of the Knights of Malta under whose leadership Fort Manoel was built in 1726. Fort Manoel is considered a marvel of 18th century military engineering. The original plans for the Fort are attributed to Louis d'Augbigne Tigné, and are said to have been modified by his friend and colleague Charles F. de Mondion, who is buried in a crypt beneath Fort Manoel. At one time, the Knights of Malta considered developing a walled city on Manoel Island, but instead they settled on a fort designed to house up to 500 soldiers. The Fort has a magnificent quadrangle, parade ground and arcade, and once housed a baroque chapel dedicated to St. Anthony of Padua, under the direct command of the Order.
During World War II, Manoel Island and its fort were used as a naval base by the Royal Navy, at which time it was referred to variously as "HMS Talbot" or "HMS Phnicia". The Chapel of St. Anthony was virtually destroyed following a direct hit by Luftwaffe bombers in March 1942.
For several years, Manoel Island has housed a quaint, informal sanctuary for ducks and other waterfowl, created and maintained by a local volunteer, and funded entirely by private donations.
As of November 2006, the historic fort was undergoing significant restoration and renovation works, and a new housing development was under construction on Manoel Island. The Manoel Island redevelopment project, however, has been heavily criticized due to its proximity to the island's important historical buildings.
Sliema (in the background)
Sliema and the coastline up to neighbouring St Julian's constitutes Malta's main coastal resort. It is a centre for shopping, restaurants and caf'e life. Sliema is also a major commercial and residential area and houses several of Malta's most recent hotels. Sliema, which means `peace', was once a quiet fishing town on the peninsula across Grand Harbour from Valletta. The town began to develop rapidly in the early 20th century as a summer resort for wealthier Valletta residents. Their elegant villas and town houses line the quiet, inland streets. The Sliema promontory offers on one side stunning views across to Valletta and on the other, open sea views. The promenade, which runs for several kilometres from Gzira just south of Sliema to St Julian's, is ideal for walker and joggers. There are plenty of seats along the promenade and on summer evenings the seafront becomes a sociable meeting place for locals. The coastline has two tower fortifications: a De Redin watch tower built in the 17th century; the other was built by the British in neo-gothic style in the 1880s. (Source: visitmalta)
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besnard (48813) 2010-09-14 1:55
Une bonne présentation de la forteresse qui nous permet d'en voir tous les détails. Image intéressante accompagnée d'une note instructive.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
Cretense (68663) 2010-09-14 2:37
The whole series from Malta is excellent and this one is no exception! Imposing fortress, excellent architecture photo! Great POV, framing and composition, flawless light management, wonderful colours!
bobocortis (15918) 2010-09-14 2:39
This picture shows us that Malta is truly an island of stone.
Beautiful light, I like the contribution of the boat to the image.
npecanhuk (53913) 2010-09-14 2:51
What a wonderful place!
What a beautiful picture!
Sharpness, exposure, pov, dof, colors, pp, contrasts, horizontal format, black & white borders and composition are all outstanding here!
The small sailing boat is a real highlight here!
TFS - congrats!
dkmurphys (36831) 2010-09-14 4:26
Very nice panoramic view. An impressive settlement with great walls. The light is perfect, as usual.
A great day for you!
Sergiom (39298) 2010-09-14 6:17
Superbe forteresse, baignée par un soleil . Le petit voilier à l'avant plan quide le regard vers cette magnifique construction et la ville derrière.
snunney (67394) 2010-09-14 6:20
The hazy atmosphere signifies a very hot day. The downwards point of view shows the strength and extent of the fortress to good effect. The passing yacht is a pleasant bonus as well as offering a sense of scale. The image has good depth.
vasilpro (40194) 2010-09-14 9:08
Wonderful view, beautiful cityscape picture, interesting fortress, the sailing boat is an eye catching element, very nice POV and timing.
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
jjcordier (62366) 2010-09-14 10:49
Excellent POV sur cette belle île et ce fort majestueux et splendide. Du très beau travail une fois de plus.
jlbrthnn (79773) 2010-09-14 14:28
La lumière ambiante forte est bien filtrée. J'apprècie cette architecture militaire très spectaculaire. Le bateau semble bien minuscule. Une image et une note intéressante.
bukitgolfb301 (30087) 2010-09-14 14:30
Hello my dear George
Marvelous and gorgeous secne you get!
Prefect composition and well calcurated framework as well. So clear and sharp focus zone indeed. White sailboat is a good accent. Blessing on your god job and thanks for sharing,
carlosmarin (11948) 2010-09-14 14:39
beautiful setting of the fortress, with the city in the background.
Beautiful colors and sharpness.
danyy (0) 2010-09-14 23:13
jolie carte postale aux couleurs fortes, beaucoup de netteté et de détails, mais malheureusement , un ciel un peu bruité.
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2010-09-15 1:37
Hello George! Wonderful wide and long perspective. Superb composition. Fantastic lone sail. Huge fortress. Good capture. Very good DOF. Interesting note. Well done!
JCG (35129) 2010-09-15 3:25
Boat which appears very small in front of this massive architecture. Beautiful and interesting point of view full with architectural details, contrasted between modern and old. Beautiful quality of the image and good point of view, thank you George.
With all my friendships and a very good day,
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-07-19
- Categories: Castles, Nature, Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/8, 1/350 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-09-14 1:05