Travels

Gozo Island

The Citadel, Victoria (Rabat)

The hilltop on which the Citadel was built has been settled since the Neolithic period. The Knights of Malta are responsible for much of the present defences of the Citadel. The magnificent Cathedral, was designed by Lorenzo Gafa', who was also responsible for the Mdina Cathedral. 360 degree views of Gozo are available from the Citadel's bastions. The Cathedral Museum, the Armoury and Archeological Museum are located in the Citadels walls.

St. Georges Church, Victoria (Rabat)

Built in 1678 and featuring a very richly decorated interior and artworks.

Ggantija Temples, Xaghra.

Gozos answer to Maltas Hagar Qim and Mnajdra temples. Dating to approximately 3500 BC, and still in an excellent state of preservation.

Kolas Windmill, Xaghra.

A restored windmill, equipped with period workshops and scenes from the time when the windmill was in active use.

Ta Pinu Basilica, Gharb

The large church building, completed in 1932, incorporates the original 16th Century chapel where a peasant woman allegedly heard the voice of the Virgin Mary in 1883. The church contains numerous votive offerings. Malta's prehistoric sites boggle the minds of archeologists. The most detached layman must be awed at the sheer age of the neolithic tempels, their advanced architecture, their mysteries. There are 33 Stone Age tempels on 18 different sites.

Mjarda Temples

A walk of several hundred meters down the hill form Hagar Qim leads to the enigmatic Mjarda temple complex. The Lower Temple, built earlier than 3000BC, is the only maltese temple set along astronomically significant lines. The entrance is coordinated with the position of the sun at the summer and winter soltice. Could this sitting have been an accident? Some experts think so, but the odds are overwhelmingly against it.

It looks the temple builders had deviced a calendar to rule their devotion for the religious year.


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Fungus Rock

Fungus Rock takes its name from the fack that the Knights of St John used to collect a rare plant plant from the rock's summit. The plant (Cynomorium coccineus) is dark brown and club-shaped, and grows to about 18 cm in height. This parasistic plant draws nourishment from the roots of other plants.It is native to North Afrika, and Fungus Rock is the only place in Europe that it is found. Maltese Knights collected it for medicinal purposes. It cured dysentery and ulcers, haemostatic qualities (stopping the flow of blood) and also used to treat apoplexy and veneral diseases. Fungus Rock is situated in Dwerja Bay, Gozo.


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