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Lacy balcony

Lacy balcony
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Copyright: Karen Schembri Grima (Karyn674) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 73 W: 25 N: 68] (419)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-15
Categories: Architecture
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-15 2:44
Viewed: 2186
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
An important feature of a traditional Gozitan house is the stone balcony. The style has developed over the years and often, an elaborate work of art is displayed. The delicate carvings in local limestone offer clues as to when particular balconies were built. In the reign of the Knights of Malta, stone balconies were decorated with particular details found in the grandmaster`s coat of arms.
This one in particular is situated in the Citadella, Gozo`s most important landmark. The old fortified town, visible from all over the island.
The Citadella which lies in the heart of Victoria, Gozo, is a historic fortified city. The area is known to have been first fortified during the Bronze Age approximately around 1500 BC. It was later developed by the Phoenicians and continued development until, by Roman times, it had become a complex Acropolis . Up until the 18th Century it was the only fortified refuge against attack for the inhabitants of the island.
The north side of the Citadel dates back to the Aragonese period, while the south flank, overlooking Victoria, was re-constructed between 1599 and 1603 by the Knights of St. John. The massive defensive stone walls of the fortifications which rise above the town and were built by the Knights to protect the village communities from foraging corsairs attempting to take slaves and threatening invasion of Muslem forces fighting Christendom. In 1551 a small Turkish force under Dragut attacked the Citadel, which succumbed with little resistance. Those taking refuge within its walls were taken as slaves and the castle reduced to ruins.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 897 W: 0 N: 1845] (8705)
  • [2009-11-15 3:02]

Hello Karen,

Today we are neighbors. Not the street, not the city but the gallery.
Interesting subject your pictures today. Indeed these balconies we could fortunately see them with my eyes on Malta. He drew attention to me and liked me. Very good description provided, congratulations.
Do you want a quiet weekend,

  • Tanjicka Gold Star Critiquer [C: 871 W: 0 N: 807] (4207)
  • [2009-11-15 10:50]

Hello Karen,

Excellent shot of this balcony with great architecture details.
Very good clarity and use of the natural light

Best regards,

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-11-15 19:17]

Hi Karen

Reasonable sharpness & a nice capture of the ornate detail in the stonework of the balcony. I'd burn in the upper highlight. Well managed perspective. Tfs!

Hello Karen! Nice balcon, very nice lightness, good colours, very good contrast and sharp. Well done!

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-11-16 5:57]


superbe ce balcon, quelle architecture, un cadrage au millimètre avec la belle fenêtre et son entourage en bois, superbe.

Bravo et amitié


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  • harpya Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6058 W: 174 N: 1935] (7534)
  • [2009-11-16 10:17]

Ciao Karen

Nice balcony, I like this facades
are simpler, more beautiful effect is in the details!
lovely look at is, unique elements which
gives life to the scene.
Splendid soft shadows,


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