The Cittadella at Night

Anthony Vella

Xghajra, Malta

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The Cittadella, also known as the ‘Gran Castello’ is a small fortified town situated on a promontory sited over the City of Victoria in Gozo, Malta’s sister Island. Before the arrival of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem it was also known as ‘Gaulcouis Civitas’, possibly after the Roman Settlement. Archaeological finds have indicated that this naturally defended hilltop had hosted small settlements as early as the Bronze Age.
Because of its central location, this small settlement grew to become the administrative center of the Island during Phoenician and Roman times.
The Medieval Township at the Cittadella is documented to have thrived up to the 16th Century.
When the Knights came to Malta, they continued to use the Cittadella as a place for shelter for the population in times of trouble. In 1551, the Island was attacked by Moslem Arabs and the entire population was carried away into slavery.
Military developments in the 16th Century abandoned the Township and transformed it into a purely military outpost.
The Architectural heritage is made up of almost intirely military structures, however some important architectural monuments were constructed in the Baroque style. A fine example is the Cathedral which was constructed in the 17th Century and has housed the Bishop’s seat since 1864.

Camera: Olympus Evolt E-330 DSLR
Lens: Olympus Digital 14-45mm 1:3.5-5.6
Focal length: 40mm. f’/6.3 ISO: 100
Exposure time: 2 secs. Metering mode: pattern
Camera setings: manual

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