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These amazing vintage photos show what St Paul’s Bay looked like in the past
On the occasion of the feast of St Paul's Shipwreck.

Joanna Demarco

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 Chris Mercieca - Nostalgia Malta / Facebook

The area surrounding where the shipwreck of St Paul was documented in the Acts of the Apostles has been named after that milestone event, from which Christianity in Malta was born.

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Malta History / Facebook

In more recent history, St Paul’s Bay played quite a significant role during Malta’s military years. It was a landing place during the French invasion in Malta in June of 1798, for example, and following the Maltese uprising against the French, it was the bay of St Paul’s Bay which became the primary harbour, whilst both Marsamxett and the Grand Harbour were under French Control.

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St Paul's Bay in 1904 - William Richard Walker - Nostalgia Malta / Facebook

Villas were built in the area in the 19th century and were then used by the British military as a rest camp in the second World War. Today, St Paul’s Bay is the most populated northern town in Malta, and is a popular locality for entertainment, especially during the summer months.

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Joe Scerri - Nostalgia Malta / Facebook

Colours and vintage symbols make these photos all the more picturesque. However, the same location today, although recognisable, features a few more rows of cars, boats and apartment blocks!

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Bengst Ason Holm - MaltaTransportPhotos / Facebook

10th February 2019


Joanna Demarco
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Joanna Demarco
Joanna is a writer and a photographer based in Malta who spends most of her time seeking quirky spots around our islands or discovering and highlighting intriguing local stories.

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