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The Other Great Siege of Malta in Photos

Posted on August 28th, by Peter Parkorr in Malta, Picture Perfect. 9 comments

A series of rough seas pictures from Malta, that I’ve decided to call The Other Great Siege of Malta.

The actual Great Siege of Malta was a long and bloody affair between Christians from the West and the Ottoman Empire to the East. You can read a great account of the build up and outcome of the events in 1565 on this post by (a website dedicated to Maltese gastronomy, which there is plenty of.)

However, when I visited Malta and Gozo, I witnessed another attack on the islands that still goes on today. Sat deep in the Mediterranean Sea, with no cover from the open water,  the Maltese archipelago takes a regular thrashing from rough seas.

These rough seas pictures are just a few shots of the frothy waters that I took on a windy winters day.

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The waves charge over rocks towards Sliema

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The financial district sees a crash coming…

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A heavy swell crashes into the concrete jetty of a lighthouse

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A dangerous day for a walk on the coast

You can see the toll the waves have taken, with a flattened bed of rock surrounding most of the shore, reaching out into the Mediterranean just below sea level. But much of the coast now has man-made fortifications, trying to limit damage from the relentless forces of nature.

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The sea trying to take over the roads

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Rough seas come hurtling at the shore

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Another wave rises over the hidden rockbed

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A Lesser-Spotted Maltese Stunt Gull

And the new man-made protection does it’s best to stop the advancing coastal erosion…

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Man-made obstacles help defend the island

If the inhabitants of these islands weren’t busy protecting them, the land loss would be a lot faster. But there’s no denying who will win the Other Great Siege of Malta eventually…


  • Maeve

    Great photos.

  • Wow – great photos Peter! My favorite is the Sea Trying To Take Over The Roads – something about that is just beautiful. :)

    • It was a great day to be out on foot with a camera. Glad you like them Beth!!

  • Love, love, love these photos! I agree with Bethany – the sea taking over the road is my favorite too. Excellent shots!

  • Hey Peter – nice angle and great pictures. I’ve never been to Malta & I’m looking forward to your upcoming posts from the island!

    • Cheers dude, I will let you know when they come out!

  • Great photos. I’m heading there in the new year so I’m looking forward to it now.

    • Thanks! Ah, good to hear it, make sure you check out Gozo too.