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Balconies of Valletta

Tourists who come to Malta from the first day notice Maltese national asset - the balconies. They are the dominant feature on any of the streets and their bright colors always set to a positive mood. The most colorful collection can be found, of course, in Valletta, since this trend was born here. It happened in the late 17th century, during the spread of the Baroque style, for which the balcony was one of the main elements. Soon balconies began to appear in the vicinity of Valletta and Mdina, and during the 18th century they have reached villages.

Balconies of Valletta
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At that time they played the role of the status indicator, the most beautiful can be seen now on the palazzo's on the main street. In case of Valletta it was also another reason for construction of balconies. Knight's Order issued a decree according to which all the houses in the city have to decorate the corners. So, people started to use balconies as decorations, instead of religios sculptures.

Balconies of Valletta
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Almost all old balconies have special pillars at the bottom (called saljaturi), often decorated with beautiful ornaments and sculptures. Owners chose between positive characters such as flowers

Balconies of Valletta
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Or negative, such as dragons and scary faces. At that time it was believed that these sculptures can scare away bad people from your house.

Balconies of Valletta
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Despite so many different kinds of balconies, they can be divided into two main categories: open stone and closed wooden. The first ones can be mostly found in small towns and Mdina, while wooden balconies are in Valletta.

Balconies of Valletta
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Malta has a lot of stone and few trees, so it is logical that the wooden balconies were built by wealthy citizens who lived in Valletta. The most striking examples of stone balconies can be found on the island of Gozo, which is famous for stone masters. Although this type can be found in the capital too.

Balconies of Valletta
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Wooden balconies began to appear in Valletta in the middle of the 18th century. People started to built them after contruction of two large wooden balconies in the Palace of the Grand Master. They were so popular, that even abroad this type of balconies became known as La Maltijja ("Maltese"). In fact, this design came from North Africa, mainly from Morocco, and was brought to Malta by slaves.

Balconies of Valletta
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In recent decades houseowners very often disassemble the classic wooden balconies, especially in the private sector on the island of Gozo. Therefore, government decided to award grants to owners of such balconies to restore and maintain the cultural heritage.

Balconies of Valletta
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Balconies of Valletta
Balconies of Valletta Yuriy Buriak


Balconies of Valletta
Balconies of Valletta Yuriy Buriak


Balconies of Valletta
Balconies of Valletta Yuriy Buriak


Balconies of Valletta
Balconies of Valletta Yuriy Buriak


Balconies of Valletta
Balconies of Valletta Yuriy Buriak


Balconies of Valletta
Balconies of Valletta Yuriy Buriak


Balconies of Valletta
Balconies of Valletta Yuriy Buriak


Balconies of Valletta
Balconies of Valletta Yuriy Buriak


Balconies of Valletta
Balconies of Valletta Yuriy Buriak
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2016-03-03 08:59 # 1 andy
Can I get close photos of lace in the windows of these balconies?

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