Valetta, the beautiful capital of Malta, is where the island’s historical buildings are at their best. Narrow streets lead from one sight to another while cars struggle to navigate through the alleys without scraping against the corner buildings when they turn. Valetta is one of those places that take you back in time.
Malta used to be ruled by knights who defended the island from intruders, so forts and towers are scattered all along the coastline. Nowadays there’s not much to defend luckily, but the huge buildings still convey a sense of strength and safety, as if no cannon could ever break them down. Like silent guardians they stand firm no matter how stormy the sea, how huge the waves that crash against them, bastions of calm in the hectic modern world.
At the edge of the sea, buildings are exposed to the roughest conditions. The constant wind blows the Sahara dust around, grinding every surface like sandpaper, while salty drops of water burn into them like acid. Add the summer sun and no paint stands a chance against the combined power of nature.
Like the white tree of gondor this tree grows in the middle of a city of stone. It’s impressive how such a big tree can flourish in such a hostile environment, defying the lack of rain and earth, the rough climate and the pollution.
The many different sizes, colours and shapes of these doorways represent the different faces of Malta perfectly. Crammed up in little space, there’s a massive diversity that nobody would expect – in people, in architecture and in culture.
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