Casal Dingli,[a] Ħal Tartarni[b]
|Motto: Non Segnis Quies Ruris
(Farm solitude is not indolence)
|• Mayor||Sandro Azzopardi (PL)|
|• Total||5.7 km2 (2.2 sq mi)|
|Elevation||250 m (820 ft)|
|Population (March 2013)|
|• Density||630/km2 (1,600/sq mi)|
|Demonym||Dingli (m), Dinglija (f), Dinglin (pl)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||Assumption of Our Lady|
|Day of festa||First Sunday after 15 August|
|Bus 52 from Valletta terminus|
Dingli (Maltese: Ħad-Dingli) is a village in the Northern Region of Malta, with a population of 3,567 as of March 2013. It is 13 kilometres (8 miles) from the capital Valletta and two kilometers (1.2 miles) from the nearest town, Rabat. The village lies on a plateau some 250 metres above sea level, which is one of the highest points of Malta. The area provides not only open sea views over the tiny, uninhabited isle of Filfla, but is also a good vantage point over Malta. From the cliffs there are also views of the nearby Buskett Gardens and Verdala Palace.
The name Dingli is thought to be derived from the surname of some Maltese families who owned land in the area.
Rock-cut tombs dating back to Phoenician, Carthaginian and Roman times have been found in the limits of Dingli. Roman baths and other remains were also found at Għajn Handful and the area of Ta' Baldu.
Until the early 16th century, a small village known as Ħal Tartarni existed, somewhere between Buskett and the present location of Dingli. The village was one of the ten original parishes of Malta by 1436, having a church dedicated to Saint Domenica. The original church no longer exists, but a nearby chapel built in 1669 with the same dedication is still standing.
The noble family Inguanez had a lot of land in the area, and employed the population of Ħal Tartarni to work the fields. Over time, the people moved closer towards the fields, abandoning the original village. The new village eventually grew to what is now Dingli. The site of Ħal Tartarni now consists of open fields.
The parish of Dingli was established in 1678. Throughout the rule of the Order of Saint John, Dingli was considered to be safe from corsair attacks because it was impossible for pirates to land in the area due to the Dingli Cliffs.
The village began to see more development after the mid-20th century. Telephone service was introduced in private homes, and public transport began to reach the village itself instead of stopping at Rabat.
Until the early 20th century, it was difficult to send children to school, since boys used to work in the fields while girls helped in the domestic work. This changed over time, and today everyone goes to school, on both primary and secondary levels. Some continue their studies on post-secondary and tertiary levels, from where they can attain a doctorate in their field of study.
Dingli was the birthplace of several eminent personalities, including:
- Dun Xand Cortis, folklore pioneer and author
- Francis Ebejer, playwright and author
- Walter Ebejer, Dominican friar who was ordained Bishop of a diocese in Brazil
- Ġużè Abela, notary and Minister of Finance
Main Streets in Dingli
- Triq Ġużè Ellul Mercer
- Triq il-Buskett (Buskett Road)
- Triq il-Kbira (Main Street)
- Triq ir-Rabat (Rabat Road)
- Triq San Rokku (St. Roque Street)
- Triq il-Parroċċa (Parish Street)
- "Estimated Population by Locality 31st March, 2013" (PDF). Malta Government Gazette 19,094. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
- Ross, Victor (26 August 2003). "Hamlets in the 16th century". Times of Malta. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
- Hahs, David Gene (2010). "Medieval Malta: Abandoned Villages, Chapels and Farmhouses". Electronic Theses, Treatises and Dissertations. Paper 4334. pp. 62–65. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
- "Dingli History". Dingli Local Council. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
- At the time of the Order of Saint John
- The name of a nearby abandoned village
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