Posts by rikku

Filfla (Ref: pfm140181)

Posted in All Images, Malta, Malta - South, Portfolio, Sea, Sky, Wide Format, Wider Format

Filfla (Ref: pfm140181)

  A view of Filfla from Ghar Lapsi. Filfla is a tiny, barren, uninhabited island. Better to say islet. It is a most southerly part of the Maltese islands, approximately 5 kilometers down from Dingli. Next to Filfla there is even a smaller islet, Filfoletta. It is quite interesting, but its name comes from the word “filfel”, which means “peppercorn” in Arabic. Thousands of year ago it was attached to the main island, then the Magħlaq geomorphological fault formed the islet and the nearby rocks. The only structure on the island was a small chapel built in a cave by local...

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The Maltese ‘Ghorfa’ – (Ref: pfm140182)

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The Maltese ‘Ghorfa’ – (Ref: pfm140182)

The Maltese ‘Ghorfa’ – a small humble building in the fields on the wayside between Qrendi and Siggiewi. More details on the Ghorfa can be found on the following link: “One of the functions of an  għorfa was to provide shelter where farmers could escape from the harsh summer sun and shelter from the winter rains while working on their land. Agricultural tools, produce and animals could also be kept in the għorfa.”   Location...

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Wardija – St.Simon Chapel (Ref: pfm140180)

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Wardija – St.Simon Chapel (Ref: pfm140180)

A chapel in the middle of nowhere. St. Simon Chapel in Wardija was built by Grandmaster Perellos, it was deconsecrated in 1616. After being rebuilt, the new chapel was blessed by Canon Dun Felic Cutajar on 22 April 1868. This small but beautiful neo-gothic chapel stands beside Qannotta castle and dominates the valley. Sadly it is deteriorating rapidly and the grounds are overgrown with huge weeds. It is said that its titular which was painted by Silvio Micallef, represented St Simon holding a large Saw. No one seems to know where this painting ended up. Source:...

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Senglea – Il-Gardjola Gardens (Ref: pfm130179)

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Senglea – Il-Gardjola Gardens (Ref: pfm130179)

Il-Gardjola Gardens in Senglea with a view of Valletta in the background. The gardens were planned by Grandmaster De La Sengle in 1551 with a lovely guard tower built on the tip of the bastions. The guard tower, ‘Il-gardjola’, has various symbols sculpted on in such as an eye, an ear and the crane bird, representing guardianship and observance protecting the Maltese shores. The eye on the tower is a popular icon representing Malta, featured in many brochures about the Island. The gardens have palm trees and provide a spot to relax under the shade while enjoying the view. The Gardjola was...

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Gozo – Mgarr Ix-Xini (Ref: pfm130178)

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Gozo – Mgarr Ix-Xini (Ref: pfm130178)

Panorama of Mgarr Ix-Xini bay in Gozo.   Mgarr ix-Xini is reputed to be one of the harbours used by the Knights’ galleys, and lies in a gorge accessible from Xewkija and Sannat. The entrance to this natural cove is guarded by a tower which was constructed by the government in 1661. A tempting walk from the bay to the tower through a restored ancient footpath is beyond doubt a unique experience. The bay is in itself the natural seaward estuary of a deep but beautiful natural valley. It has a small pebbly beach with intriguing caves on cliff faces. This secluded spot is ideal for...

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