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View from Citadel Hill, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada by T. E. Smith-Lamothe

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Taken by
T. E. Smith-Lamothe T. E. Smith-Lamothe
Explore score
Print Pricing
$21.00 to $834.00
0.05 Gigapixels
Date added
Oct 04, 2008
Date taken
Oct 03, 2008

Canon G7


A hand-held panorama taken in early October, 2008, from Citadel Hill overlooking Halifax harbour. The Old Town Clock, visible at the right, was a gift to the citizens of Halifax from Prince Edward, Duke of Kent (father of Queen Victoria), in 1805. He had been commandant in Halifax and provided the clock so that both military personnel and citizens could be punctual. The clock faces which are viewed from town are larger than the one facing the fortress garrison, since the fort was so much closer. The pendulum-driven mechanism has run ever since and was manufactured by the same clock maker as the one in Buckingham Palace. The Town Clock is now a recognizable symbol of Halifax --- during the G7 summit held here during late 1990's, every international reporter had the Clock in the background of their reports. . . The Citadel fortress on top of the Hill is the most visited National Historic Site in Canada and the scene, every day except Christmas, of the firing of the noon gun (cannon) by uniformed artillery re-enactors. The hill itself is a glacial drumlin which has had its original conical shape flattened by hard labour to suit the fortress' military engineers. It is a star-shaped bastion and a similar fortress can be found in Hakodate, Japan, Halifax's "sister city" (along with a replica of the Town Clock!). The aerial view in GoogleEarth shows the star shape clearly. The harbour is the second-largest ice-free harbour in the world, with Sydney, Australia being the largest. This view does not show the large Bedford Basin to the far left where hundreds of convoy ships gathered before crossing the Atlantic to Europe in both World Wars. For more about Halifax, visit: www.halifaxinfo.com Will open in a new tab or window/

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