Senglea – Il-Gardjola Gardens (Ref: pfm130179)

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Il-Gardjola - Senglea

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 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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