Isla – Il-Gardjola (Ref: pfm140184)

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Il-Gardjola in Isla (Senglea) with a view of Valletta in the background.

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. This particular one is situated in the ‘Gardjola Gardens’ in Senglea, originally planned by Grandmaster De La Sengle in 1551. A lovely view of Valletta by night can be enjoyed in the background.

The Gardjola was built by the Knights of St John and forms part of the fortifications of the Grand Harbour, situated in Senglea the smallest of the Three Cities in the Cottonera.

Il-Gardjola during the annual regatta

Il-Gardjola during the annual regatta races

The city of Senglea (L-Isla in Maltese) is also called Civitas Invicta, because it managed to resist the Ottoman invasion during the Great Siege of 1565. The city is named after Grand Master Claude De La Sengle .



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