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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bema (26425) 2010-09-23 2:12
Good morning György,
one more time a fine capture of this impressive city and island, great pov here, like this climbing up outlook a lot..
have a nice day, see you, Bernd
mauro61 (52855) 2010-09-23 2:13
immagine a scala con l'inquadratura che sale dal porto alle chiese in alto.
Mi colpisce sempre la colorazione pietra di questa architettura.
Buona la resa.
un caro saluto
snunney (99116) 2010-09-23 2:20
I like the layering effect that is emphasised by the use of the vertical format. There is much detail to be seen in this interesting mix of architecture. Pleasing colours and good sharpness.
KLB (23723) 2010-09-23 2:34
The vertical format is perfecly chosen to bring this marvelous architecture out.
The warm tones combinated with the blue boat fit so well... And as usual, the quality is irreproachable.
A very nice view, compliments.
mursaloglu (8682) 2010-09-23 2:42
I wish to go to malta one day because it is in my mind since many times and thanks to your pics I see this beauty. This one also typical mediterranean panorama with your touch with great juxtaposition of buildings . Bravo ihsan
JFS (32459) 2010-09-23 3:48
George, I think that thanks to you now I know most of Malta, but your shots are so good that I'm sure that it would disappoint me in direct.
dkmurphys (58755) 2010-09-23 4:00
Another beautiful composition with the picturesque port and the old buildings. Good separation of colors (bottom blue, warm middle and blue again). Perfect work.
Have a nice day.
hemantbuch (1649) 2010-09-23 4:33
Hi George, excellent vertical composition of these tightly packed buildings...the ship in the foreground provides nice visual relief.
TopGeo (38216) 2010-09-23 5:13
Bravo friend George! Splendid photo of this charming place. Fine vertical format.is perfecly chosen to bring this marvelous architecture out.
The warm tones combinated with the blue boat
Regards my dear .
carlosmarin (11954) 2010-09-23 5:47
With your series of photos of Malta, you have woken my interest up for this country.
Thank you for your wonderful photos and information from your notes.
This picture captures the essence in three layers: sea, fortified city, and sky.
Sergiom (79721) 2010-09-23 5:59
Le cadrage vertical permet de voir la ville sur toute sa hauteur et le zoom permet d'entasser les maisons les unes sur les autres dans un beau fouillis de beige.
holmertz (52782) 2010-09-23 6:48
Another excellent composition, very well cropped too. Very good balance with equally much sky and water framing the densely packed sandstone buildings.
Morac (27723) 2010-09-23 6:58
Une intéressante composition verticale permettant de bien découvrir l'architecture de cette ville.
vasilpro (41317) 2010-09-23 8:32
Another wonderful composition from Valleta, excellent POV, beautiful city view with interesting architectural details, lovely colors and contrast.
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
saxo042 (37884) 2010-09-23 10:12
This picture reminds me of some cubistic painting, maybe from Cézanne. A beautiful pattern and a fine addition of water and boat below!
Cricri (119511) 2010-09-23 10:31
Belle présentation de la Valette, plein de détails architecturaux, bien cadrer avec le bateau, belle composition
Leconte (5795) 2010-09-23 12:13
magnificent architecture and impressive, excellent POV and framing, good light management,
LOOOK13 (19046) 2010-09-23 12:19
Very nice, a good composition.
A beautiful town.
jjcordier (79297) 2010-09-23 22:01
Ton titre résume parfaitement ta photo et je pense qu'il est difficile de mieux restituer l'atmosphère de cette ville.
danyy (0) 2010-09-23 23:43
un POV très avantageux pour cet endroit célèbre de malte qu'on ne présente plus. Des lumières douces malgré le soleil et des teintes très naturelles toutes en nuances dans la pierre.
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2010-09-24 0:46
Hello George! Excellent vertical capture, good frame. Perfect composition. Very good texture. Ideal sharpness. Fine shot. Well done! Kellemes estét kívánok!
jlbrthnn (76037) 2010-09-24 4:30
Very beautiful vertical, perfectly composed and tallied image. A beautiful place underlined by the presence of the boat with a pleasant color. Cheer.
Have a nice day
iainsp (2630) 2010-10-25 6:14
A gerat shot of Malta - I have never been there, but I can see through your photographs why so many visitors love the place.
this is a really nice, multi-layered photograph with interest at each level - the sea with the working boats, the foreground buildings with a nice terraced facade, up throught the higher levels with a number of churches to the sky.
Lovely work, thanks, iain
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-07-23
- Categories: Castles, Transportation, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/8, 1/350 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-09-23 2:05