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Balconies in Birgu

After the Luzzus in Marsaxlokk, here’s another symbol of Malta: the enclosed balconies, which are part of many Maltese homes in Valletta as well as many other towns. I took this photo in the street called Triq Hilda Tabone in the city of Birgu.

The Maltese enclosed balconies (Maltese: gallerija) came into fashion in the late 17th century, influenced by the Baroque. The balconies were used as a way of showing and determining to which social class the owner of a house belonged. Many of them are made of wood and painted in bright colours. As I took this photo in early January, the street was still full of Christmas decorations.

Birgu, also known as Città Vittoriosa, is the oldest of the Three Cities, which is the collective name of three fortified cities on the south side of the Grand Harbour across from Valletta, the nation’s capital. The city was home to the Order of Saint John, which also built the Fort St. Angelo in Birgu. Both fort and town played an important role in the Great Siege of Malta in 1565. At that time Birgu was also briefly the capital of Malta, before Valletta took over in 1571.

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Exif Data:
Make: SONY
Model: DSC-HX400V
Software: PaintShop Pro 16,00
Exposure Time: 1/250 sec
F-Stop: f/4.5
ISO Speed Ratings: 80
Focal Length: 2944/100 mm
Date Taken: 2019-01-04 14:20
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash did not fire, auto mode
File Size: 1810 kb

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