San Anton Gardens
Probably the best known of the Islands’ gardens, San Anton gardens was laid out by Grand Master Antoine de Paule as grounds to his summer residence, San Anton Palace.
From 1802 until 1964, San Anton Palace was the official residence of the British Governor, after which it remained a state building and is now the residence of the Maltese President. Various heads of state have visited the gardens over the years and numerous plaques mark their ceremonial tree planting.
The garden is a botanical delight with mature trees, old stone urns, fountains, ponds and formal flower beds. The garden is formal with rustic touches and holds a wide variety of plants and flowers, such as Jacaranda trees, Norfolk Pines, Bougainvillea and roses.
Nowadays, the garden is the Annual Horticultural Show venue and during summer, the spacious central court becomes an open-air theatre for drama and musical performances.
Attard is one of the so-called Three Villages, along with neighbouring Lija and Balzan. Many wealth families built summer residences here in the early years of the 20th century, and the Three Villages are still considered an exclusive urban area. Attard lies almost halfway between Malta's medieval capital Mdina and the Knights' `new' capital Valletta. Its position meant the village was always the centre of transport and communication projects between the two. First was the Wignacourt acquaduct, completed in 1615, built to solve the problems of Valletta's drinking water supply. In the late 19th century came the railway, a service which lasted only until the 1930s. Attard today is still characterised by large villas and gardens, the most impressive of which is San Anton Palace built by Grand Master Antoine de Paule in the late 16th century. It is now the official residence of the President of Malta and is used for state functions. The gardens, open to the public, are a baroque masterpiece and oasis of green and calm. The village has many architectural gems, but the highlight is the Parish Church of St Mary (1616) designed by Maltese architect Tumas Dingli. It is regarded as the best Renaissance monument on the Islands. Near Attard is the Ta' Qali Crafts Village, on the old wartime airfield, and the National Stadium. (Source: visitmalta)
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besnard (56447) 2010-09-26 1:48
L'allée conduit le regard vers la fontaine et donne beaucoup de profondeur à l'imate. Un jardin où il doit faire bon se promener.
Je te souhaite un bon dimanche.
lousat (91950) 2010-09-26 1:49
Hi George,what a nice choice of point of view and,another time,what a lot of elements inside.I like this composition and the excellent quality of sharpness and colors,perfect light balance too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.
npecanhuk (75502) 2010-09-26 1:49
Very pleasant-looking and truly beautiful garden!
Very attractive picture with excellent sharpness, exposure, pov, colors, pp, contrasts, horizontal format, black & white borders and composition!
TFS - congrats,
JCG (35129) 2010-09-26 2:10
And here the famous garden of the palate that you presented to us a few days ago… Strolls must be very pleasant there and resting. Pretty construction of the image which carries out us to this superb fountain which seems surrounded by benches. Beautiful and luminous image which comes to supplement your preceding photograph, thank you George.
With all my friendships and very good Sunday,
bukitgolfb301 (42292) 2010-09-26 2:13
Hello my dear George
Not only inside but also outside is gorgeous palace.
So wonderful shot ahgain. Considered balanced framework and well mature composition as usual. Nice big portion for the trees. Blessing on your great job and thanks for sharing, have a good Sunday evening,
JFS (32459) 2010-09-26 3:17
Another quite moment reflecting the atmosphere of this garden in summer. TFS
siudzi (34141) 2010-09-26 3:22
Great colourful shot of the San Anton Gardens. Very neat picture. Nice composition, depth and exposure. Thanks for sharing.
Cricri (120119) 2010-09-26 5:37
Un jardin romantique joliment présenter avec la vue sur la fontaine, le décor des parterres, une note très intéressante de cette endroit que je ne connaît pas
asajernigan (21427) 2010-09-26 5:51
Nice shot of these lovely gardens. The path leads the eye into the scene while the trees provide excellent framing. The lighting and colors are great and the photo has great sharpness.
jurek1951 (42196) 2010-09-26 8:16
Very interesting architecture. Original POV and composition. Excellent contrast and presentation,
jhm (153656) 2010-09-26 8:30
Splendid summer picture, you chose an excellent angle, this care for depth and perspective.
Very well composition, really colors, nice architecture picture.
Nevertheless find I your picture excellent and pleasant for look at.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice sunday,
dkmurphys (59145) 2010-09-26 8:46
Very picturesque gardens with beautiful plants and impressive old architecture. A perfect place for an afternoon walk.
Have a nice Sunday evening.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2010-09-26 15:19
Good evening George,
A beautiful light bathes this spectacle of greenery. It is a natural and cultural universe pleasant. It should be repeated, the realization has an excellent quality. Cheer.
jjcordier (79297) 2010-09-26 21:35
Un endroit très plaisant à admirer en image et certainement très agréable à fréquenter.
danyy (0) 2010-09-26 22:57
des lumières très douces, bein maitrisées, suffisantes pour bien faire ressortir les couleurs et les détails. Une belle perspective avec ce chemin qui nous invite vers le fond de l'image.
My best regards.
mursaloglu (8682) 2010-09-27 4:03
A amazing composition and fantastic management of light. A wonderful garden gives its hues with your stunning shot bravo ihsan
Bluejeans (64251) 2010-09-27 5:28
Ola George ,
Bonito este jardim um alugar bem romântico para passear , muito bem cuidado com toda esta vegetação e estes monumentos, boa luz , parabéns!!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
vasilpro (41317) 2010-09-27 9:52
Wonderful composition, beautiful gardens, excellent light management, lovely colors, very nice POV.
Have a nice week, Vasilis.
danos (98389) 2010-09-28 1:36
very nice the sight of the San Anton gardens,with the corridor to creates depth in the image and to lead-i the eye on the fountain as its well decorated backdrop.I like the excellent colour and light management as the clarity of the image.
Have a nice week,Danos
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-07-20
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/6.7, 1/350 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-09-26 1:42