THE GREAT SIEGE BELL

I took the shot on the left through an arch at the Lower Barracca last Saturday during a solo walking tour around this side of Valletta. The two others from the Lower Barracca balcony which runs along the city fortifications.


This 10 tonne bronze Bell memorial was inaugurated by Queen Elizabeth and the President of Malta, Dr. Censu Tabone on 29 May 1992, the 50th anniversary of the awarding of the George Cross to the island of Malta for bravery in 1942. It is rung daily at noon. It honours the thousands of people who lost their lives in the WW II Siege of Malta, 1940 –1943.

At the foot of the bell tower is a bronze figure representing those who died in the siege.

Due to its strategic location in the middle of the Mediterranean, Malta has been subjected to many attacks and sieges. The two most significant are the Great Siege of 1565 and the siege by the Axis powers, Germany and Italy from 1940 to 1943. In both cases Malta was at the point of capitulation and starvation but persevered. More bombs were dropped on Malta during WWII than on Britain during the blitz. In the first six months of 1942 there was only one 24 hour period without an air raid.
Many thanks for looking and for the comments and fav's on yesterday's picture. Very much appreciated.
A lovely collage to show us this beautiful bell memorial - such beautiful sight and scenes
posted December 2nd, 2016  
So many lovely colonnades and arches still standing so strong! Now who is lying here in state with arms under its head looking as if it is enjoying where it is?
posted December 2nd, 2016  
Gorgeous pics, makes a really beautiful collage
posted December 2nd, 2016  
A lovely collage, the images are beautiful :)
posted December 2nd, 2016  
Very interesting shots Dione
posted December 2nd, 2016  
Great shots and a very interesting history Dione Fav
posted December 2nd, 2016  
very impressive. i have seen documentaries about this period.
posted December 2nd, 2016  
Such a beautiful collage
posted December 2nd, 2016  
Love the framing on the left one
posted December 2nd, 2016  
A super collage.
posted December 2nd, 2016  
Beautiful collage, Dione. Fav!
posted December 2nd, 2016  
Lovely captures Dione...Fav
posted December 2nd, 2016  
What an impressive memorial and great views!
posted December 2nd, 2016  
Wonderful collage of shots with neat architecture and details
posted December 2nd, 2016  
Beautiful images and collage fav!
posted December 2nd, 2016  
A super collage and interesting info. Fav!! 😃
posted December 2nd, 2016  
Three beautiful fav. pic.`s to show this great place and buildings/statue.
posted December 2nd, 2016  
Wonderful and very interesting collage:)!
posted December 2nd, 2016  
A beautiful tower and memorial to the brave people of Malta.
posted December 2nd, 2016  
Wonderful individual captures and an appropriate collage bringing all together.
posted December 3rd, 2016  
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