In the heart of Victoria lies the Citadella (Citadel), formerly known as il Castello, which has been the centre of activity of the island since possibly Neolithic times, but is known to be first fortified during the Bronze Age c. 1500 BC. It was later developed by the Phoenicians and continued into becoming a complex Acropolis by Roman times.
The north side of the Citadel dates back to the Aragonese domination period. The south flank, overlooking Victoria, was re-constructed under the Knights of St. John, namely between 1599 and 1603, after Ottomans invaded the city in 1551. The massive defensive stone walls of the fortifications rise above the town and were built by the Knights to protect the village communities from foraging corsairs attempting to take slaves and threatened invasion of Moslem forces fighting Christendom.
Within its walls lies a fine 17th century baroque Cathedral designed by Lorenzo Gafà, the Maltese architect who also built the Cathedral of Mdina. It is said that it lies on the site where a Roman temple dedicated to Juno once stood. It is most famous for the remarkable trompe l'oeil painting on its ceiling, which depicts the interior of a dome that was never built.
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danos (83633) 2014-03-05 7:22
very nice the view as the presentation of the Castello,with the red dome of the old baroque Cathedral to dominating the place as contrast perfect with the other colours of the scene.
The brilliant light enhance the beauty as the clarity of the scene.
Nicou (117362) 2014-03-05 8:06
quelle vue sur cette citadelle sueprbe compo e tiamge avec la coupole, ce pierre danciennes en premier plan fantastique compo.
Bravo et blele soirée
rbassin (16472) 2014-03-05 11:05
Une très belle photo,bon cadrage vertical;
la lumière et la netteté sont parfaites.
Belle succession de plan.
carlo62 (28489) 2014-03-05 15:10
ottimo taglio verticale, con belle architetture e tanto spazio dedicato al cielo.
Belli i dettagli in primo piano e sono molto curiose le aste verticali, non so se siano antenne o parafulmini.
jjcordier (73794) 2014-03-05 22:00
Jolie et lumineuse présentation de cette citadelle dominant la ville.
Sergiom (55443) 2014-03-06 4:55
J'aime beaucoup cette photo.J'aime bien la démarcation entre le ciel et la ville aux teintes d'or. L'avant plan est charmant avec ces briques répandues sur le sol.
timecapturer (45707) 2014-03-06 5:37
a glorious view across the Gozo rooftops. Amazing clarity and you have captured the character and atmosphere of this place succinctly. Superb!
jhm (135866) 2014-03-06 5:41
Great presentation with a lovely subject back in the old time.
You chose a very well angle this cares for depth and perspective.
You play excellent with light and shadows.
You took a very nice picture with a lovely composition.
The clear sky shows a nice contrast.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
serp2000 (38355) 2014-03-07 4:11
This is the most interesting point of view to the town. Fine details of the roof, excellent pallete of the summer colors. Well done!
Silvio1953 (117027) 2014-03-07 7:40
Ciao Daniel, lovely composition, great POV on beautiful town, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
mkamionka (29469) 2014-03-07 7:55
I always follow your photos from Malta with great interest as you can imagine and with some jealousy as well. I have been in most of the places but many of them I have visited really briefly without time for photos as I was with a little child who practically decided where to go and how long to stay. So I passed the Gozo capital in rush to get to the Azure Window and I did not even stop there although I really wanted. This town is may be not spectacular but it does have a unique style and charm and I would love to spend more time there walking the streets and searching for interesting photogenic corners which you found.
Lovely composition here with the original foreground and with the main focus on the beautiful cathedral.
cornejo (28607) 2014-03-07 10:34
Hello Daniel, very good picture of this interesting view of the city, very well captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness, nice color and light. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy weekend.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
claudeD (30873) 2014-03-10 1:10
very fine picture from Malta with an excellent composition, fine colors and good clarity.Excellent inbformative contribution to TE.Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg