Photographer's Note

Most of the indigenous buildings in Malta were built of limestone, a material in an abundant supply with very thick and strong walls with flat roofs, churches, chapels and pitched tops. Building timber was in short supply that had to be imported and transversed arches were constructed to support flat slabs of stone to form ceilings and floors. Faced with such conditions in Birgu the Knights showed very little architectural ingenuity at first but were inclined in importing this very important material, timber for the roofs of their important structures in building high roofs in an Italian manner to accommodate the rising hot air in using pitched roofs and installing insulation against the excessive heat transmitted by the almost vertical sun in the summer months especially around the midsummer against the surface of the flat roofs.

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Additional Photos by Daniel Draghici (dkmurphys) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5288 W: 83 N: 9924] (69771)
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