Erik Nitsche: Church of St. Joseph in Malta
Malta, at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, has enjoyed the influences of most of the world's great cultures. Thus, the Maltese Islands (Malta, Gozo, and Comino) possess one of the richest traditions of architecture in the whole Mediterranean basin. In fact, five thousand years of architectural expression are etched, carved or built on this archipelago which once connected Italy to Africa. Although influenced by various civilizations, one things has remained constant in Maltese architecture: the use of local limestone as the sole building material. From the rich period of pre-historic temples, when the Islands were probably one of the central sanctuaries on the Mediterranean, to today's impressive buildings, structures of refined spatial and architectural quality tell the story of the evolution of man's search for new, ordered architectural styles. One of the finest modern examples of this is found in Manikata, Mellieha, where architect Richard England designed the Church of St. Joseph. England was inspired by the megalithic temples which dot Malta. He combined this style with the local baroque church architecture. The result reveals its designer's belief in an architectural evolution which reflects the past yet is most definitely contemporary in nature.
This painting was originally published on the Fleetwood® First Day Cover for the Malta Europa 1987 Modern Art - Architecture stamp issued April 15, 1987.
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