November 08: The best of Malta & JESC 2014 in photos
VALLETTA, MALTA – Through this series of posts I wanna share with you the amazing country Malta is. A place with indescribable beauty a mix of European and oriental sentiment, a unit combination of amazing features and sight seeings. In this post I wanna talk about meeting Greeks all over and getting to know St. Julians.
The area of St. Julians is very active and it’s where my hotel is. Although the hotel is descent (and once again proved that the photos on booking.com have been totally photoshopped) the problem with the WiFi started immediately. But it’s not a problem at the specific hotel as I was told. The hotel rooms have serious problems with the internet access and most of them don’t satisfy their customers in this field. You need to search a good restaurant or coffee shop to access internet here or have a friend with a house here where you can work properly.
and now a bit of historical information about St. Julians
Up till the nineteenth and early twentieth century, St Julians was a very peaceful coastal town known for its Latin architecture (such as the Spinola Palace) and beautiful greenery surrounding it. Moreover, Spinola bay was characterized by its fishermen and farmers dwelling the countryside.
Because of fear of attacks by the Muslims, the Northern Coastal area remained undeveloped until the diminished attacks after 1565. The building of Spinola Palace, coming as it does in 1688, is to be regarded as the stepping stone for the coastal reclamation of San Ġiljan.
The palace, together with the surrounding gardens, was built by Fra Paola Raffaele Spinola for the public entertainment as stated in the inscription which one finds above the portico. The palace was enlarged in 1733 through the efforts of Fra Giovanni Battista Spinola, Bali of the order and successor to his uncle as rector and Curator of the abbazia.
During the French occupation of these islands in 1798, St Julians was the first town in Malta to be conquered by French troops. In fact it was General Claude Henri Vaubois who led the French forces into Spinola bay. French troops were stationed in the palace and wrought havoc there. In fact it is thanks to them that the Order’s emblem atop the clock on the façade was defaced. (source: wikipedia.org)