Our Favourite Balconies from around the World
Living on a sun-kissed island means we all do our fair share of outdoor living. Perhaps there is no better in-between space than the balcony which allows to step out in the wide big world whilst allowing us the security of stepping back in when we want to. Thinking of balconies and properties, we searched around to find some top-notch properties (which, as far as we know are NOT on sale, yet) and figured out just why their balconies are ‘to die for’. Here is what we came up with…
St Peter’s Basilica Balcony – Vatican City
People of the Roman Catholic faith and not only, have watched this balcony with intent every time a new pope emerged to greet the world. Each pope typically delivers the traditional ‘urbi et orbi’ blessing from this very central balcony on the facade of St Peter’s Basilica. The Basilica would simply not be the same without it.
Truman Balcony, The White House – Washington
Perhaps the youngest balcony of this list, the Truman Balcony saw completion in 1948, becoming the balcony of the Executive Residence of the Yellow Oval Room in the White House. The balcony has become a welcome addition to the south side of the presidential residence and a welcome retreat space for each US president since.
Hotel Carlton – Cannes
The balconies on the facade of the Hotel Carlton spell luxury with a capital L. Those who remember a 1990 TV commercial selling ‘Égoïste’ perfume from Chanel, will recognise it immediately, although the commercial only used a life-size model of all the many balconies. Experiencing the view from this grand building must be something else… Since 1913 it has enjoyed a prestigious address on Boulevard de la Croisette with an expansive view of the Bay of Cannes.
Manoel Theatre – Valletta
The Manoel Theatre on Old Theatre Street in Valletta, Malta claims to be the oldest functioning theatre in Europe. Its existence began in 1731, when Grand Master Antonio Manoel de Vilhena had it built with the intention of providing honest entertainment for the knights and the people. This corner wooden balcony is a grand example of the classic Maltese balcony which is ensconced in tradition.
Nicolaci Palace – Noto
The 18th Century Baroque style palace on Via Nicolaci in central Noto owns a series of wrought-iron balconies supported by incredible stone sculptures of amazing creatures. Angels, lions, horses… all grotesque creatures looking onto the street below have been photographed incessantly by tourists and passers-by.
K+K Hotel Central – Prague
What a bijoux balcony on this Art Nouveau building in the heart of the old town of Prague. This hotel is amazing inside and out and its characteristic balcony is the first glance of such wonder. Bask in the beauty of the style which is typical to the most romantic parts of the town.
Chateau de Versailles – Versailles
Such a prominent balcony – it remembers the lavish Marie Antoinette and the tragic French Revolution. Today it remains a key characteristic of the Palace of Versailles which is visited by millions year in, year out.
Maltese balconies are doubtlessly one of a kind and a key feature of the island’s architecture. If you are after a townhouse boasting one of these picturesque balconies, check out our website www.remax-malta.com.
Post by Marika Azzopardi
Marika Azzopardi is a freelance writer and journalist. A frequent contributor to national English language papers and magazines, she writes about a bevy of topics including art, people and life in general. She is also the author of children’s books and short stories, delving into adult fiction from time to time.