Extract taken from May's 2023 Il-Bizzilla Magazine | Read more here
Maritime and naval history is evident all over Malta. You’ll notice these scattered around the island; hewn from the natural coastline, these served as mooring ‘cleat’ for ships to have their ropes secured around.
The remains of, Lazzaretto the quarantine structure is on Manoel Island; visitors were made to spend 40 days (quaranta) to ensure no diseases entered the islands, modelled on the one in Venice. All were registered in the Knights meticulous record keeping journals now kept at The National Library of Malta.
Built by Grandmaster de Vilhena, it once was a military station, and had a gunpowder store and also was the home of the Royal Malta Yacht Club. Today, Fort Manoel is used for major events and weddings; it has one of the best views of the island towards Valletta.
The promenade of Gżira is a part of a stretch of pathway that gives you the opportunity to walk from Pietà to St Julian’s. You’ll see walkers at all times of day and night and also be amongst joggers. Or take a seat and enjoy some people watching.
Traditional houses are still visible, and you can compare those left in disrepair with those who have found new families; the balconies have Spanish origins and you will see lovely lined streets with various colourways.
The Orpheum Theatre was built to be a movie theatre in the 1930s and is a Grade 1 listed building with a mural of Orpheus on the ceiling. The initials you see on the facade ‘FG’ are those of Felix Gerada who commissioned it.