Floriana

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Il-Furjana
Kunsill Lokali Floriana
Borgo Vilhena, Il-Furjana
Local council
Il-Furjana
View of Floriana from Valletta
View of Floriana from Valletta
Flag of Il-Furjana
Flag
Coat of arms of Il-Furjana
Coat of arms
Motto: Flores mulcent aurae educat imber
Floriana-map.svg
Coordinates: 35°53′36″N 14°30′21″E / 35.89333°N 14.50583°E / 35.89333; 14.50583Coordinates: 35°53′36″N 14°30′21″E / 35.89333°N 14.50583°E / 35.89333; 14.50583
Country  Malta
Island Malta
Borders Valletta, Ħamrun, Pietà, Marsa
Government
 • Mayor Nigel Holland (Ind.)
Area
 • Total 0.094 km2 (0.036 sq mi)
Population (March 2011)
 • Total 2,335
 • Density 25,000/km2 (64,000/sq mi)
Demonym Furjaniż (m), Furjaniża (f), Furjaniżi (pl)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code FRN
Dialing code 356
Patron saint St. Publius
Day of festa January 22
Website Official website

Floriana (known as 'Il-Furjana') is a town in the Grand Harbour area of Malta, just outside the capital city Valletta. It had a population of 2,335 as of March 2011.[1] Floriana is the birthplace of many famous Maltese, amongst which the composer of the national anthem, 'L-Innu Malti', Robert Samut; former Bishop of Malta Dom Mauro Caruana, the poet Oliver Friggieri, and Swedish Idol winner Kevin Borg.

Founding[edit]

The old flag of Floriana, in use 1993-c.2008
The old coat of arms of Floriana, in use 1993-c.2008

Floriana is named after the Italian military engineer Pietro Paolo Floriani from Macerata who was responsible for building the town's fortifications. However, the actual building of Floriana as a residential town was the work of the Portuguese Grand Master António Manoel de Vilhena, causing Floriana to be known by the nicknames Borgo Vilhena or Citta Vilhena. Floriana was intended to be a suburb of Valletta but then for various reasons, Grand Master Vilhena changed his mind and renamed this suburb Floriana, thus developing it as a town in its own right.[citation needed]

Sports[edit]

The Assoċjazzjoni Sport Floriana, or Floriana Sports Association, sponsors a number of sports in the town, as well as hosting the Floriana Supporters Club. Sporting clubs include:

The Vikings Sailing Club is also located in Floriana, though it is not associated with the Sports Association.

Patron Saint[edit]

Saint Publius is one of the patron saints of Malta and also the patron saint of Floriana. The Archipresbyteral Church of Floriana is dedicated to Saint Publius, traditionally acclaimed as the first Bishop of Malta. According to tradition, Publius received the Apostle Paul during his shipwreck on the island as recounted in the Acts of the Apostles 28, 1-10.

Being Maltese makes St. Publius the first Maltese saint and this explains the devotion which St. Publius enjoys around Malta and Gozo. One finds various chapels and statues scattered around the Maltese Islands which date back to hundreds of years.

Pope John Paul II spoke at Publius Square during his two visits to Malta, and on his second visit held the beatification ceremony there for three Maltese:

The Parish of Floriana can also be found on the web at www.florianaparish.org

Main sights[edit]

  • Soċjetà Filarmonika Vilhena, or Vilhena Band Club, named after the town's founder.
  • Pjazza San Publiju (St. Publius Square) and the adjacent granaries. St Publius Square has been the venue for many important events in the history of Malta.
  • The Mall Garden
  • Centru Rikreattiv ir-Re Gorg V (King George V Recreational Grounds)
  • ''Bieb il-Bombi''
  • Herbert Ganado Gardens
  • Argotti Botanical Gardens
  • Msida Bastions Garden of Rest, on Haywharf, another landmark which has been restored and reportedly contains the grave of Mikiel Anton Vassalli, an 18th-century writer and reformer who is much associated with Malta's national identity.
  • Jubilee Grove (which demarcates the town from Hamrun and Pieta')
  • Valletta Waterfront
  • Hydrofoil terminal, which is very busy during summertime with daily departures to Sicily.
  • Triton Fountain

Village Core[edit]

  • Pjazza Emm. S. Tonna (E.S. Tonna Square)
  • Pjazza San Kalċidonju (St. Calcidonio Square)
  • Triq il-Konservatorju (Conservatory Street)
  • Triq il-Mall (Maglio Street)
  • Triq il-Miratur (Gunlayer Street)
  • Triq is-Suq (Market Street)
  • Triq l-Argotti (Argotti Street)
  • Triq l-Iljun (Lion Street)
  • Triq l-Isqof M. Caruana (Bishop M. Caruana Street)
  • Triq San Publju (St. Publius Street)
  • Triq San Tumas (St. Thomas Street)
  • Triq Sarria (Sarria Street)
  • Trejqet il-Fosos

Government[edit]

Floriana is a leading administrative centre, hosting the Ministry and Dept of Education, the Ministry for Resources and Rural Affairs, Police Headquarters and the Public Works Dept, The Licensing and Testing Office, and Land Transport Directorate of Transport Malta, as well as other financial and commercial companies spread around the former Colonial Administrative Area of Beltissebh. The National Audit Office along with the Department of Contracts and the Malta Environment and Planning Authority, are located in two fort ravelins, Notre Dame and St. Francis, respectively.

Lodging and entertainment[edit]

Floriana is home to the Hotel Phoenicia Malta, one of the oldest and most prestigious hotels on Malta, as well as the 5 star luxury Hotel; and the Grand Hotel Excelsior. There are also plans by the Maltese government to convert the old British hospital, Sir Paul Boffa which overlooks the Valletta Waterfront (also in Floriana) into an exclusive boutique hotel.[citation needed]

Music[edit]

  • Vilhena Band Club (Soċjetà Filarmonika Vilhena) was founded in 1874. The first musical director of the band was Mro. Giuseppe Borg, and the first president of the Society was Baldassare Portanier.

Floriana Community Services[edit]

  • St. Publius Parish Church, Triq Sarria (Sarria Street)
  • Floriana Local Council, Pjazza Emanuel S. Tonna (Emanuel S. Tonna Square)
  • Floriana Police Station, Triq Sant' Anna (St. Anne Street)
  • Floriana Malta Labour Party Club, Triq Sant' Anna (St. Anne Street)
  • Floriana Partit Nazzjonalista Club, Pjazza Sant' Anna (St. Anne Square)
  • Sir Paul Boffa Hospital, Sqaq Ħarper (Harper Lane)
  • Floriana Health Centre, Triq Franġisk Saver Fenech (Frances Xavier Fenech Street)
  • Central Public Library, Triq Joseph J. Mangion (J.J. Mangion Street)

Zones in Floriana[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Population statistics". Malta Government Gazette. mjha.gov.mt. 9 August 2011. 

www.florianaparish.org