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Wednesday, 16 February 2011

THE SILENT CITY

ONE OF THE SILENT STREETS OF MDINA MEDIEVAL CITADEL- MALTA
Another image from the island of Malta. This one was taken at the medieval citadel of Mdina which is known as 'The Silent City'. The whole of Mdina is an architectural treat. It is the oldest city on the island. Settlement of this area goes back 4,000 years and the Phoenicians fortified part of the town about 1,000 BC. The city received it's present name Mdina from the Saracens who took over the island in 870 AD. For reasons of defence they seperated Mdina from it's nearby suburb of Rabat by a deep moat and surrounded the hill-top section of the city with stronger walls and defence towers. It is from these walls that present day visitors can get great views of the surrounding countryside.
Vehicles have very restricted access to the city and over it's long history the islands gentry and nobility have adopted the city as their 'capital'.
All around the city you will see closed and silent doors and windows and there really is a silence that pervades  throughout the whole citadel.
When taking this picture I wanted to pass on a sense of history, as well as the peace and tranquility that is so much a part of this ancient area.

14 comments:

Life Like This.. said...

Trevor you succeeded in what you intend to do... Congrats and have a great day ahead buddy :)

ADRIAN said...

Good atmospheric shot Trevor....I should have visited. Valletta......can't hear oneself think for church bells.

Rizalenio said...

What an enigmatic photograph? I can stare at this photo for a long time and create a lot of stories. Awesome.

Y. Ikeda said...

Fabulous sepia photo of a beautiful island of Malta! Reading your entry really makes me feel like buying a ticket to that beautiful and historical place!
Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend:)
Yoshi

DUTA said...

There's something intriguing about this picture of a walled medieval city characterized by a quiet atmosphere.
It sure makes me wish to pay it a visit someday.

Leovi said...

A picture with a nice play of light and shadows.Saludos.

Mahon said...

thanks for your visit on my blog, all your photos are very beautiful and your textes always interesting ! I like your page, and i congratulate you :))

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Carlos Ribeiro said...

Beautiful post, filled with historical content and beautiful photography! It's always a pleasure to visit your space.
A great weekend!

AphotoAday said...

Wow -- what a place... I've always heard of Malta but didn't know much about it...

Kenneth Larsson said...

This is a beautful shot! I like it!

Have a nice day! :-)

Sile said...

Bravissimo!!!! Un saluto da Sile

Olga said...

What an amazing picture.

SKIZO said...

Wonderful
work
thank you for sharing

Sandro e Cristina said...

Beautiful picture Trevor.
Sandro & Cristina