Siege Bell War Memorial

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Without any itinerary or desired destination, we continued to walk until we reached the edge of the wall and then decided to walk along the wall until we saw this sight in front of us. We reached the Siege Bell War Memorial.

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This is what I found out about this memorial:

The Siege Bell War Memorial commemorates the victory of the Allied forces during the Second Siege of Malta from 1940-1943. Italian and German forces battled with Allied forces to gain control of Malta - an important strategic location.

Almost 1,500 civilians died during the Second Siege of Malta. The proud tiny island was almost constantly bombarded during this period. In 1942 Malta was awarded the George Cross. In bestowing the award King George VI said '...to honour her brave people, I award the George Cross to the Island Fortress of Malta to bear witness to a heroism and devotion that will long be famous in history'.

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The bell is rung daily at noon.
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I cannot find anything online about this statue that is located a few feet away from the bell tower.

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This is the plaque on that statue above.

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Comments

  1. a lovely war memorial. love your pose on the steps.:p

    bakit kaya ang Manila walang award sa dami ng namatay nong World War II? just wondering.

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  2. that bell looks so huge!

    naintriga naman ako dun sa statwang nakahiga. bakit kaya walang plaka yun

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  3. beautiful and truly imposing structure. sometimes, the best discoveries are those that are not in our itineraries. :)

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  4. I am glad to see these places again.
    Thanks for sharing Maria.

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  5. the lying statue seems to be like a tomb.
    perhaps from a famous person of some sort.
    for whom the bell tolls...
    at least that's how it reminded me of it and quite a huge bell it is. ^0^ '
    the best part of all was the foto of you and your hubby. ^0^ pretty cute!

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  6. What a poignant history for a tiny island. The bell photo from a low angle is my favorite here.

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  7. it's always best to roam around without an itinerary. i'm really enjoying looking at this city through your lens.:D

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  8. i like the photo of you two :)

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  9. This was a fascinating post and wonderful shots. What a great time you must have had in Malta.

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  10. Beautiful and interesting images of the Memorial.

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  11. gala ka na naman ha....kakalungkot talaga pagusapan ang war pero ayan ha magaganda iniiwang memorial :D

    I'm good thanks po, sorry di me nakakavisit lately---nagstart na kasi school :)

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  12. Very beautiful photos and interesting post!Thank you for sharing!

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  13. A very intriguing memorial. The scenery around it is amazing.

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  14. Wonderful scenes and nice history lesson.

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  15. I am loving your Malta posts! That bell is something special...so beautiful. All of these posts are eye-catching.

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  16. thank you for sharing your place in the world

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  17. there, I finally saw the face behind this blog. hello! Ü

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  18. A lovely memorial and photos! Happy skywatching!

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  19. Such a beautiful memorial and lovely skies! A wonderful and moving post for the day! Thank you for sharing this with us! Have a great weekend!

    Sylvia

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  20. what a fascinating memorial with such lovely views.

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  21. That was very informative, I enjoyed reading it and that statue is very intriguing.

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  22. Thank you for sharing this memorial with us. I've read quite a bit about the siege of Malta, but have never seen a picture of the memorial.

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  23. Great shots..I too looked up Malta Harbor..and all I could find was "The Famous Sleeping Lady" statue..could this be it?

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  24. Interesting pics from the place. The statue is mysterious.

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  25. Interesting memorial. I am also intrigued about the statue.

    P.S. We always have activities every weekend. Just do not have the time to join memes and reciprocate visits.

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  26. i like the resting statue at the foot of the bell tower. fascinating indeed.

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  27. Wow - those shots are so dramatic. They capture the feeling of the war memorial and bell.

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  28. It's beautiful! And the dramatic sky really enhances the sand colored architecture. It's a shame that there have to be so many memorials to victims of wars - although they do make for great photo ops!

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  29. the second one is simply wonderful shot portrait
    congrats
    graceolsson.com/blog

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  30. I hate war, Maria, along with most people, but am very thankful for memorials like this that pay tribute to these brave souls who fought. Thank you for showing us this very special place!

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  31. Beautiful SkyWatch posting!
    thank you for sharing this beautiful photo work


    Happy SWF! Have a good weekend,

    Regards, Bram

    My SkyWatch on WordPress

    Seen on Sky Watch Friday, Season 4, Episode 10

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  32. Impressive memorial !
    Must have been a terrible time for Malta !

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  33. fabulous photos and impressive memorial a bell is a lovely way to remember folks who gave their lives, thanks for sharing with sky watch

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  34. Nice photos. Interesting place. You see a lot by just walking.

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  35. Nice series of shots, I like Malta:)

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  36. sounds like Malta is a beautiful place to visit. great captures! am curious with that statue too.

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  37. I liked best the photo of you and your hubby on it. The clouds seem to be talking. :)

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  38. "They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old:
    Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.
    At the going down of the sun and in the morning
    We will remember them."
    From "For the Fallen" by Laurence Binyon, 1914
    The author of this poem died before I was born; long, long before you were born. But his words ring as true today as they did in the First World War.
    This is the fourth verse of the poem, and it is used on many war memorials. Thank you for showing it here. Your photos are lovely, and I'd like to hear that bell ring some day.

    Kay
    Alberta, Canada

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  39. nice place. and the statue ang galing, parang nagpapahinga lang cya.

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  40. Being the strategically positioned island in the Mediterranean, I'm not surprised why the Allied forces and the Germans/Italians fought so hard to control it during WWII. Parang Corregidor sa Maynila.

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  41. nice pose with you and your hubby :)

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  42. It's easy to see that this country has seen a lot of historical moments, and they're well preserved.

    Have a great weekend!

    Many thanks for visiting Norwich Daily Photo and leaving your comment. Come visit again tomorrow!

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