Friday, February 18, 2011
Malta - Senglea
Senglea point rises out of the deep harbour waters with its characteristic 'gardjola' (watchpoint) hanging on the edge of the bastion walls. To the left, opposite the marina is the Maritime Museum and the church of St. Lawrence, formerly the conventual church of the Knights of Malta.
Sent by Silvan, a Facebook friend from Malta.
This is from Wikipedia : Senglea (Maltese: L-Isla) is a fortified city in the east of Malta, mainly in the Grand Harbour area. It is one of the Three Cities, with the other two being Cospicua and Vittoriosa. The city of Senglea is also called Civitas Invicta, because it managed to resist the Ottoman invasion at the Great Siege of 1565. The proper name is Senglea since the grandmaster who built it Claude De La Sengle, gave this city a part of his name.
The island was in fact joined by a landbridge to Cospicua during the time of the Knights of St. John and as a result, it became peninsular in shape. During the time of the Knights of St. John, Senglea was also used as a hunting area, and was in fact known as L'Isola di San Giuliano, but later it was developed and made inhabitable by the Grand Master, Claude de la Sengle who built fortifications following a Turkish invasion in 1551. The locality eventually became known as Senglea but retained its old name Isla.