View from the Gardjola Gardens (Valletta in the background)
Grandmaster De La Sengle planned the Gardjola Gardens in Senglea on a grid pattern in 1551.
The gardens hold the panoramic view that includes the docks in Marsa, Valletta, the entrance to the Grand Harbour and Fort St. Angelo. The sentry box placed on the tip of the bastion, ‘il-gardjola’, epitomises the role of the fortifications around the harbour.
On the sentry box there are sculptured various symbols of watchfulness, namely the eye, the ear, and the crane bird. The inscription in Latin assures the inhabitants of the harbour area to rest at ease, as the tower stands guard against any hostile force that may attempt to approach Maltese shores.
This small city, one of the so-called Three Cities , stands on a narrow promontory jutting into Grand Harbour. The land was fortified in 1551 by Grand Master Claude de la Sengle. The Maltese often use the area's earlier name, L-Isla, meaning the island or perhaps short for `peninsula'. During the Great Siege of 1565, Senglea was protected by Fort St Michael on its landward side and by Fort St Angelo on the tip of Vittoriosa across the creek. The heroic role played by its people led Grand Master Jean de la Valette to give the city the title of Citta' Invicta, the invincible city. Like its sister cities, Senglea suffered heavy damage during World War II. More than 75 percent of its buildings were destroyed. The parish church dedicated to the Nativity of the Madonna was rebuilt and retains its artistic heritage. The city is noted for its superb harbour views across to Valletta from Safe Haven Gardens at Senglea Point. The stone vedette, known as il-Gardjola, on the bastion-point served as a look-out post to guard the harbour entrance. The sculptured eye and ear above its windows are symbols of vigilance.
Valletta (in the background)
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)
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besnard (55331) 2010-09-18 2:42
Une vue panoramique sur la ville bien réussie. Une bonne idée d'avoir incorporé la fenętre avec la touriste qui contemple le paysage, celŕ rend l'ensemble plus vivant.
Merci pour le partage et bon week-end.
kiasari (62) 2010-09-18 2:49
I like your POV. Well managed DOF. Well done!
KLB (23723) 2010-09-18 2:49
What a great view !
The format is quiet unusual but very well thought to bring the architecture out.
Good idea to include a window with a spectator ;o)
In my opinion, the light is a bit weak but the quality is perfect.
dkmurphys (53461) 2010-09-18 3:34
Interesting view from this place. A great panorama over the picturesque city and the small port. Original capture, well seen.
Have a nice day.
vasilpro (41163) 2010-09-18 3:43
Unfortunately for the lady, that beautiful view is from the other side and thanks to you, we are enjoying it. Excellent POV, wonderful cityscape composition.
Have a nice weekend, Vasilis.
dip (23846) 2010-09-18 3:47
the woman at the window is an eye-catching on the picture
and combined with the beautiful panoramic view in the background is a really wonderful composition!
you chose an excellent POV!
jlbrthnn (76037) 2010-09-18 3:50
The historical urban landscape is superb, but the point attracting of the photograph is of course the presence of this visitor. A photograph skilfully made up. Cheer.
Have a nice day
jurek1951 (42196) 2010-09-18 3:57
Beautiful and picturesque scenery :] Nice composition, colours and lighting, well framed
npecanhuk (70752) 2010-09-18 4:06
Very nice and interesting picture!
Special regards to its right side, with the partial building being shown and the woman in the open window!!
Sharpness, exposure, pov, colors, pp, contrasts, horizontal & rectangular & panoramical format, black & white borders and composition are all outstanding here!
TFS - congratulations!
Gerrit (51130) 2010-09-18 5:30
You show Malta as a very photogenetic place in your beautiful series.
This composition is realy excellent.
asajernigan (21427) 2010-09-18 6:03
This is a well composed shot with the tower in the right side and the city in the background. The woman in the window provides a nice focal point for the shot. The lighting and colors are nice and the photo has excellent sharpness.
Sergiom (68572) 2010-09-18 6:17
La dame dans la tour guide notre regard vers la ville de l'autre bord de l'eau.Le focus s'est plus fait sur la dame que sur l'arričre plan.
giorgimer (34941) 2010-09-18 6:45
wonderful image. I like a lot the colors of the town. Great add-on the woman at the window
Cricri (111977) 2010-09-18 10:28
Un cadrage original et bien penser laissant une vue agréable sur la valette, le top avec la dame au chapeau rond a la fenętre, belle lumičre et détails bien précis des pierres
Silvio1953 (131592) 2010-09-18 12:33
Ciao George, beautiful composition with window in FG, great viiew of wonderful city, very well done my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio
delpeoples (55238) 2010-09-18 18:02
Szia Gyorgy, ezen a képen látszik, hogy két fénykép egy. Imádom, hogyan játszott a mélységélesség itt. Minden a középpontban, mégis kapnak egy csodálatos példája a perspektíva és a hölgy a jobb oldalon. Hatásos továbbá a rendkívüli élesség és meghatározása a város a háttérben. Ezt megtette, és ebben az extrém könnyű. Csodálatos panoráma vágás miatt ez az egyik nyertese a számomra. TFS, és kívánok szép hétvégét, Lisa
jjcordier (79275) 2010-09-18 22:46
Trčs bonne composition exploitant de belle façon la personne ŕ la fenętre. Bon choix de format.
danyy (0) 2010-09-18 23:21
joli panorama en arričre plan, dans le format adéquat. Astucieusement pensé cet avant plan décentré. Des belles teintes naturelles dans des lumičres douces.
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2010-09-19 0:50
Hello George! Wonderful POV and composition, superb exposure and cature, very good DOF. Fine lightness and natural colours. Good note. Well done! Kellemes hétvégét kívánok!
saxo042 (37724) 2010-09-19 12:44
A picture in two parts; a pleasant cityscape yo the left and a capture of a tourist enjoying the view to the right. A well combined feature with these beautiful colours we have seen from all your other pictures from Malta. Beautiful!
macjake (62256) 2010-09-20 12:44
thats a great Peek-a-boo shot.
other than a couple of boats in the BG, her blue top is really the only colour other than biege!
and it works so well together!
i like the space you left from the bottom left corner and the top left corner...the land seems to come out of nowhere.
elegant and smart compo
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-07-23
- Categories: Castles, Daily Life, Nature, Architecture, Artwork, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/9.5, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-09-18 2:40