Tag Archives: Natural

Our Saviours Hill (Tas Salvatur Hill) | Masalforn, Gozo | 30 August 2014

To the south of Marsalforn is a fertile valley named after the village. The valley is bounded by several hillocks and used to be known as the “haven of hillocks”. The most famous of these is tas-Salvatur (Our Saviours Hill) also referred locally as Tal-Merzuq Hill (Ray of Light) due to the legends surrounding it, recorded by Giovanni Abela in the 17th Century.

This volcano like hill has acquired the attention of the people since 1901, when a large wooden cross was erected on its peak. Three years later, when Gozo was consecrated to Christ the Saviour, a stone statue of Christ replaced the cross. This was in turn replaced by a gigantic concrete statue towering twelve meteres above the hill, which remains to this day.

Information from:
Web: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marsalforn

This hill can be seen from much of Gozo, topped with a statue of the Risen Christ. This statue was placed here in the 1970s and sits 320-foot on the top of Tal-Merżuq Hill (now popularly know as Tas-Salvator – The Redeemer). This is a place of popular religious myth and legend. According to tradition, black smoke was once been seen coming out of the hill and this led to the belief that it was a volcano. Some still believe this although geologists dismiss the idea as nonsense. Another legend says that God punished the people of Gozo by engulfing the Island in darkness for three whole days. At the end of these three days a ray of light (merżuq) was seen coming out of the hill (hence the name Tal-Merżuq).

A statue of Christ was first put on the hill in 1904 when Gozo was consecrated to Jesus the Redeemer (leading to the popular name Tas-Salvatur) . It replaced a wooden cross that had been erected even earlier. The first statue of Christ was not resistant to the elements, however, and had to be replaced in the 1960s. The second statue was also destroyed – this time when its supporting pedestal gave way during a thunderstorm. Parts of this statue can still be seen strewn around the hilltop. Today’s statue is made of reinforced concrete and is so far surviving well!

Information from:
Web: http://www.visitgozo.com/en/item/sight-seeing-places-of-interest/tas-salvatur-hill-1144/

© Tony Blood - Our Saviours Hill (Tas Salvatur Hill). Masalforn, Gozo, 30 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Our Saviours Hill (Tas Salvatur Hill). Masalforn, Gozo, 30 August 2014

Fungus Rock | Dwerja, Gozo | 30 August 2014

Fungus Rock is one of a trio of spectacular natural landmarks in Dwejra, along with the famous Azure Window and The Inland Sea.

The Rock – known in Maltese as Il-Gebla Tal-General (or General’s Rock) is a small islet in the form of a 60 metres high massive lump of limestone situated right at the entrance to an almost circular lagoon.

During the times of the Knights, it was thought that a particular tuber which grows on this little island had medicinal properties and could cure various ailments.  So much so that the Grandmaster declared it illegal for anyone other than authorised knights to climb onto the rock and pick the plant, Today, tests are being conducted to verify whether these medical claims have any foundation.

Information from:
Web: http://www.visitmalta.com/en/info/fungusrock

© Tony Blood - Fungus Rock, Dwerja, Gozo, 30 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Fungus Rock, Dwerja, Gozo, 30 August 2014

Azure Window | Dwerja, Gozo | 30 August 2014

The Azure Window is another spectacular natural landmark in Dwejra, along with The Inland Sea and Fungus Rock. The Azure Window at the end of the cliff, is a giant doorway, through which one can admire the blue expanse beyond the cliff.

It must be one of the most photographed vistas of the Islands, and is particularly spectacular during the winter, when waves crash high inside the arch. The sea around is very deep and of a dark blue hue, which explains why it is called the Azure Window. The rocks in this area are encrusted with fossilized crustaceans, evidence that most of the island was once covered by water. In front of the Azure Window is the Blue Hole, and The Chimney, two of the most popular dive sites in Gozo.

Information from:
Web: http://www.visitmalta.com/en/info/azurewindow

© Tony Blood - Azure Window, Dwerja, Gozo, 30 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Azure Window, Dwerja, Gozo, 30 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Azure Window, Dwerja, Gozo, 30 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Azure Window, Dwerja, Gozo, 30 August 2014

Büyükada Market | Büyükada | Princes Islands | Turkey | 3 July 2014

For years Büyükada Market has been held every Thursday between 6:00am and 12:00pm. Stalls and canopies are erected the previous day by the local market traders. Some of them live on the island but most come from Istanbul. They come to sell fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and cheese to the islanders. Over the years the market has expanded into the surrounding side streets. Here traders sell hand made items like lace tablecloths, scarves and rugs; as well as manufactured items like shoes, handbags and clothing. Bartering is expected.

© Tony Blood - Büyükada Market, Princes' Islands, Turkey. 3 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Büyükada Market, Princes’ Islands, Turkey. 3 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Büyükada Market, Princes' Islands, Turkey. 3 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Büyükada Market, Princes’ Islands, Turkey. 3 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Büyükada Market, Princes' Islands, Turkey. 3 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Büyükada Market, Princes’ Islands, Turkey. 3 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Büyükada Market, Princes' Islands, Turkey. 3 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Büyükada Market, Princes’ Islands, Turkey. 3 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Büyükada Market, Princes' Islands, Turkey. 3 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Büyükada Market, Princes’ Islands, Turkey. 3 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Büyükada Market, Princes' Islands, Turkey. 3 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Büyükada Market, Princes’ Islands, Turkey. 3 July 2014

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© Tony Blood - Büyükada Market, Princes' Islands, Turkey. 3 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Büyükada Market, Princes’ Islands, Turkey. 3 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Büyükada Market, Princes' Islands, Turkey. 3 July 2014

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© Tony Blood - Büyükada Market, Princes' Islands, Turkey. 3 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Büyükada Market, Princes’ Islands, Turkey. 3 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Büyükada Market, Princes' Islands, Turkey. 3 July 2014

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© Tony Blood - Büyükada Market, Princes' Islands, Turkey. 3 July 2014

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© Tony Blood – Büyükada Market, Princes’ Islands, Turkey. 3 July 2014

© Tony Blood - Büyükada Market, Princes' Islands, Turkey. 3 July 2014

© Tony Blood – Büyükada Market, Princes’ Islands, Turkey. 3 July 2014