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General Information
An Overview
The Crossing
The Blue Lagoon
The Comino Tower
Local Legend
Santa Maria Chapel
The 1715 Battery
Meeting Marija
Tal-Hmara
Eco-Conservation
Comino Waters
Local Placenames
Comino in the Arts
Other Information
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Note: The foremost authorities on Maltese cartography are Dr. Albert Ganado (1924-    ) and Maurice Aguis-Vadala (1917-1997). Amongst their numerous publications one finds the Pre-Siege Maps of Malta (1986) and A study in depth of 143 Maps representing the Great Siege (1995).   In April 2003 Dr. Ganado published Valletta: Città Nuova: A map history (1566-1600), where he describes in great detail ninety-two maps, a good number of which that were practically unknown.


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1.
Piri Reis’1520s -- click for some information.

2.
Lafreri Map 1551 -- click for some information.

3.
Agnese Map 1554 -- click for some information.

4.
Anon Map 1560 -- click for some information.

early Comino Map (detail) 5.
Unidentified Map -- information to follow

6.
Del Re 1760 -- information to follow

1804 Comino Map (detail)
7.
British map dating 1804 -- click for some information.

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British Map, 1950 -- click for some information.





 

  Notes

  • Piri Reis’1520s portolan:

    A portolan taken from the 1520s from the Turkish Kitab-I-Bahriye, the Book of the Sea, by Piri Reis (1465/70-1554), the noted Turkish corsair. Settlements are outlined by red lines. The cities of Mdina on Malta and the Gran Castello on Gozo are clearly defined on hills. One of the earliest known maps of the Maltese Islands. Comino is presented without any indentions in its coastline.

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  • Lafreri Map, dated 1551:

    Antonio Lafreri’s Melita insula, quam hodie Maltam vocant…of 1551. A copper engraved map of the Maltese Islands executed by French cartographer Antonio Lafreri (1512-1577). Water courses are shown, as well as a number of hamlets, including Bubaqra and Hal Tartarni. Comino is shown abounding with wild rabbits. Locals still recall the proliferous wild rabbit population on Comino still running rampant in the 1920s. Erroneously at times referred to as ‘il-liebru’, a corruption of the Italian ‘lepre’, the correct word is ‘fenek tal-grixti’. Manwel Dimech, the Maltese patriot, writing in 1901 in his work ‘Il Chelliem Inglis’, defines ‘grixti’ as ‘rude, rustic, clownish, unsociable’ (page 72.)

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  • Agnese Map, dated 1554:

    Battista Agnese nautical chart of the Maltese Islands (1554). This map by the Genoese Agnese is characterised by the drawn landing forms against a background of parallels and meridians. Comino and Cominotto are both drawn out of proportion.

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  • Anonymous Map:

    Melita insula…(c.1558-1562). Published to highlight the projected fortified city on Telghet Sciberras that was to become Valletta. Once again, Comino is featured as an island full of leaping rabbits whilst boats are seen sailing to and from Gozo.

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  • British Map, dated 1804:

    The New Sea & Land Chart of the Sovereign Principality of Malta, 1804. The map was published by G. & J. Robinson of Paternoster Row, London in Louis de Boisgelin’s three volume work ‘Ancient and Modern Malta: containing a description of the ports and cities of the islands Malta and Gozo’. It features the Comino Tower, listed as Fort of Cumin and the two redoubts. It indicates the pathway between the Comino Tower and Santa Maria Bay and a number of dwellings.

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  • British Map, dated 1950:

    Map of Comino (1955). Published in the Malta Street Guide in May 1958, the map manifests the Comino community activities including the location of the letter box on Congreve Street, Liberty Square within the Isolation Hospital and Captain Zammit Cutajar’s house. Some place names in the vernacular are erroneous, including Ras l-Ghemieri, that should read Ras l-Imnieri and Wied Ternu instead of the correct Wied Ernu.

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  • People bearing musical instruments, intending to make the most of their day of feasting at Santa Maria Bay.







    Sta.Marija fl-imghoddi

    A sailing boat visits the serene waters at Taht il-Mazz, beneath the imposing Comino Tower.



    Taht il-Mazz

    The Comino Tower as depicted in this 19th century photograph shows the typically elevated tower doorway, usually accessible by a stairway.



    it-Torri ta' Kemmuna

    Photo, probably from the 1960's, showing a visitor to the then dilapidated Santa Maria battery.








    it-Trunciera ta' Santa Marija


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