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chapel of the langue of castile

Chapel of the langue of Castile

The chapel of the langue of Castile Is dedicated to St James the Less, the patron saint of Spain. The altar peice was executed by Mattia Preti and depicts ‘St James the Apostle’. The altar and it’s main facade in marble were re-done in 1792, a few years before the Order of St John was […]

chapel of the langue of aragon

Chapel of the langue of Aragon

The chapel of the langue of Aragon Is particularly rich in works of art by Mattia Preti. The chapel of the langue of Aragon is a gallery of Mattia’s work of art. The chapel of the langue of Aragon is dedicated to St.George and the alter piece depicts ‘St George killing the dragon’. The altarpiece […]

chapel of the langue of france

Chapel of the langue of France

Chapel of the langue of France Is dedicated to ‘The conversion of St Paul’ and most probably it was one of the most richly carved chapels in the Cathedral. The main alterpiece and the lunettes are the works of Mattia Pretia which he executed in 1661 during the re-decoration of  St John’s Cathedral . The […]

chapel of the langue of auvergne st john's co cathedral valletta

Chapel of the langue of Auvergne

Chapel of the langue of Auvergne Is dedicated to St.Sebestian and together with the Chapel of the langue of Provence they share the oldest known altars in St John’s Cathedral. The chapel received it’s first adornment of the altar facade in the mid 17th century. The walls were richly carved in stone in 1666 and […]

mattia preti

Mattia Preti

Mattia Preti Mattia Preti was born in 1613 at Taverna in Calabria, Italy’s extreme south; hence he is often refered to as ‘Il Calabrese’. De Dominici, his biographer, wrote that Mattia Preti left Calabria at the young age of 17 and travelled to Rome to meet his brother Gregorio, who was also a painter. In […]

mnajdra spring autumn equinox

Mnajdra equinox

Mnajdra equinox To be inside the temple during Mnajdra equinox, that’s when the sun slowly rises over the eastern horizon, it’s an unforgettable and “a must” experience. Besides the overwhelming total expression which touches the very core of your emotions, you think: how is it possible that they managed to construct this temple with such […]

st john's cathedral valletta

St John’s Cathedral Valletta

St John’s Cathedral Valletta St John’s cathedral Valletta  is the most important artistic building in the Maltese islands, inevitably linked with the history of the Order of St John. The project was entrusted to the Maltese architect Girolomo Cassar by Grand Master Jean de la Cassier. Girolomo Cassar studied military engineer and his studies are […]

vittoriosa three cities

Vittoriosa

Vittoriosa – Birgu One of the Three Cities, situated in the Grand Harbour, Vittoriosa – birgu,  together with Cospicua(Bormla) and Senglea(L-Isla), are enclosed with five kilometers of fortifications built at the end of the 17th century during the reign of Grand Master Cottoner. Before the arrival of the Knights of St John in 1530, Vittoriosa […]

valletta capital city of malta

Valletta capital city of Malta

Valletta Capital city of Malta Built by the Knights of St John, Valletta became the capital city of Malta after the the famous Great Siege. Until the arrival of the Knights of St. John in 1530, Mount Sceberras, on which Valletta today stands, was just an arid peninsula, lying between two harbours, the Grand harbour […]

maltese traditional sweets

Maltese Traditional Sweets

Maltese Traditional Sweets Malta might not appear very impressive in size when looking at a map of Europe, but the same cannot be said for its History. Over the centuries, a succession of foreign occupation left its trace on the Maltese heritage. Mentioning the country’s name quite often brings the Knights of the Order of […]