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Dear TE Friends,
Today I would like to show you one of my favourite Maltese panoramas. Three cities are visible on the panorama photo. On the left side visible Senglea. In the background, in the middle Valletta. On the right side visible Vittoriosa’s fortress, St.Angelo. The Dockyard Creek is visible in the forefront.
I hope, you like this view.
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The Grand Harbour (il-Port il-Kbir) in Malta is essentially a natural harbour which is probably the island's greatest geographic asset, and a cardinal determinant of Malta's history. This is reflected in its commercial activity and its military architecture. The Fort St Angelo ( on the right side) which has a commanding position at the centre of the harbour, and is the oldest fortress responsible for defending the harbour.

Valletta – in the background, in the middle

Europe’s Smallest Capital City in the Heart of the deep Blue Mediterranean Sea, Valletta is a Dynamic City which has never ceased to change and move forward, retaining its original beauty and splendor.
Valletta is the designer city of the 16th Century built straight from the drawing-board of three men, a Political Leader and Head of the Order of the Knights, Jean Parisot de la Valette, a warrior engineer Francesco Laparelli, and a Maltese Architect, Girolamo Cassar. Valletta is one of Europe’s most sophisticated micro cities with an intense concentration of baroque architecture and a defense line of Fortifications that is second to non.
The City of Valletta was officially recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1980.

Vittoriosa’s fortress, St.Angelo – on the right side

Birgu (also called Il-Birgu or Vittoriosa) is a small city in Malta that played a vital role in the Siege of Malta in 1565. It is one of the three best-known cities on this small island nation. Its current population is of 2,691 (Nov 2005).
The city was established on the Great Harbour of Malta around Fort St. Angelo, and served as Malta's principal harbour. When the Knights of St. John arrived in 1530, they made Birgu the capital city of Malta, since the former capital, Mdina, was inland and did not suit their naval requirements.

Senglea – on the left side

Senglea (Maltese: L-Isla) is a fortified city in the east of Malta, mainly in the Grand Harbour area. It is one of the Three Cities, with the other two being Cospicua and Vittoriosa. The city of Senglea is also called Civitas Invicta, because it managed to resist the Ottoman invasion at the Great Siege of 1565. The proper name is Senglea since the grandmaster who built it Claude De La Sengle, gave this city a part of his name.
(Source: cityofvalletta.org & maltaguide & planetware)

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