RESTORATION WORKS

After many years of neglect, Fort St Elmo is being restored to its original glory. Fort St Elmo is situated at the outer tip of Valletta, guarding the entrance of both the Grand Harbour and Marsamxett Harbour. It has an honoured place in Maltese history as it has been at the front line of every enemy activity against the Islands.
Originally St Elmo was much smaller than it is today and was there before Valletta was built. Its moment of highest glory came during the first Great Siege of Malta in 1565. Fort Saint Elmo was the scene of some of the most intense fighting of this siege, and it withstood massive bombardment from Turkish cannon deployed on Mount Sciberras (where Valletta now stands) and from batteries on the north arm of Marsamextt Harbour. With a small garrison continuously reinforced from across the Grand Harbour it resisted the might of a huge Turkish invading force for 28 days, falling to the Turks only after it was reduced to rubble. All its defenders fell in battle except nine Maltese who survived by swimming across to Fort St. Angelo on the other side of the Grand Harbour.
Joke: The knight returned to the Grandmaster’s palace with prisoners, bags of gold and other riches from his victories. “Tell me of your battles,” said the Grandmaster.

“Well, sire, I have been robbing and stealing on your behalf for weeks, burning all of the villages of your enemies in the north.”

The Grandmaster was horrified. “But I have no enemies in the north,” he said.

“Well,” said the knight, “you do now.”

Many thanks for looking and for all the wonderful comments and the fav's on yesterday's picture.
beautiful PoV and story
posted March 31st, 2015  
Stories of tremendous hardship and sadness! The Maltese must have been so strong and determined! Nice sharp lines in this building - doesn't look old at all!
posted March 31st, 2015  
Knew it was yours! Beautifully shot, certainly looks in great condition now. You tell the story well.
posted March 31st, 2015  
Beautiful shot - lovely textures and the vignette is perfect.
posted March 31st, 2015  
Lovely shot and so great to hear about the restoration.
posted March 31st, 2015  
Interesting shot and history.
posted March 31st, 2015  
a wonderful shot and so well processed . The history lesson too
posted March 31st, 2015  
Very nice tones. I like the angles too
posted March 31st, 2015  
A beautiful image Dione and very interesting history :)
posted March 31st, 2015  
Great capture. Glad it's being restored.
posted March 31st, 2015  
A Great Fortress
posted March 31st, 2015  
Sue
So glad it is being restored, great photo.
posted March 31st, 2015  
The destruction of war and battles is such a shame. Imagine all the beautiful things the world would still have if humans didn't think they had to fight about everything.
posted March 31st, 2015  
So glad to see this happening, great work
posted March 31st, 2015  
what a great historical place.
posted March 31st, 2015  
This is beautiful. I love your composition and it works great in B&W. Fav!
posted March 31st, 2015  
Awesome shot
posted March 31st, 2015  
Great shot, composition, history
posted March 31st, 2015  
great shot
posted March 31st, 2015  
Beautiful shot, very nice processing.
posted March 31st, 2015  
wonderful!
posted March 31st, 2015  
Beautiful b&w!
posted March 31st, 2015  
Great pov, making a lovely composition and what a history!
posted March 31st, 2015  
Great B+W capture of this nice looking fort with it`s great history.
posted March 31st, 2015  
gorgeous architecture!
posted March 31st, 2015  
It is the worldwide trend to restore and take care of the historical buildings and I love it.
posted March 31st, 2015  
wonderful light and lines
posted March 31st, 2015  
A great mono shot and a hilarious joke!
posted March 31st, 2015  
I love the picture and the joke.
posted March 31st, 2015  
Beautiful architecture and vignetting!
posted March 31st, 2015  
the light is good on this dione and the scale shows up well
posted March 31st, 2015  
Love the structure, the capture and the processing.
posted April 1st, 2015  
Wonderful, detailed capture.
posted April 1st, 2015  
Fabulous light here Dione
posted April 1st, 2015  
Great perspective!
posted April 1st, 2015  
So interesting to read its backstory and see the image.
posted April 1st, 2015  
What a majestic and impressive fort. The stone looks rather glorious in the bright sun. Nice capture and interesting history as always!
posted April 1st, 2015  
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