The Mediterranean island nation of Malta may be diminutive, but its limestone buildings’ distinctive door knockers and knobs make a big impression.
Known as il-habbata in Maltese, the knockers largely feature maritime motifs such as dolphins, sea horses, and fish, but I have also spotted a plethora of Maltese crosses, even delicate brass hands, which reminded me of those I saw during past travels to Morocco and Tunisia. I collected this bunch of door adornments in Malta’s capital city of Valletta.
I’ll be featuring a lot more of Malta in the coming months, as Shawn and I moved here two weeks ago! I had a special five-day visit to Malta about one decade ago, but I am looking forward to getting reacquainted with the island and the lovely people I met here last time. For now, we are immersed in bureaucratic tasks like securing visas and official paperwork, and finding an apartment. Please wish us well! :)
On one of my trips to Marrakech, Morocco, before I met Shawn, I sought out a hardware store, and purchased a traditional brass hand knocker for my future home’s door. Shawn and I have been so nomadic these past years that we haven’t yet had a home to install it on. I’m curious – what cities’ door knockers or architecture have stood out from your travels? Have you ever been to Malta?
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