Fontana, Gozo

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Fontana
Il-Fontana
It-Triq tal-Għajn
Local council
Il-Kunsill Lokali tal-Fontana
View of Fontana
View of Fontana
Flag of Fontana
Flag
Coat of arms of Fontana
Coat of arms
Motto: Indundatione Ferax
(Fertile through Inundation)
Fontana-map.svg
Coordinates: 36°2′11″N 14°14′32″E / 36.03639°N 14.24222°E / 36.03639; 14.24222Coordinates: 36°2′11″N 14°14′32″E / 36.03639°N 14.24222°E / 36.03639; 14.24222
Country  Malta
Island Flag of Gozo.svg Gozo
Borders Kerċem, Munxar, Victoria, Xewkija
Government
 • Mayor Saviour Borg (PN)
Area
 • Total 0.5 km2 (0.2 sq mi)
Population (March 2013)
 • Total 993
 • Density 2,000/km2 (5,100/sq mi)
Demonym Fontani (m), Fontanija (f), Fontanin (pl)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code FNT
Dialing code 356
Patron saint Sacred Heart of Jesus
Day of festa 2nd or 3rd Sunday of June
Website Official website

Il-Fontana is a village on Gozo Island, Malta, with a population of 993 people as of March 2013.[1]

Fontana originated from the suburb of Victoria on the Rabat-Xlendi road. Its local name is "It-Triq tal-Għajn", (the way to the spring), and it took its name from a spring at the bottom of the road leading to Xlendi, known locally as "l-Għajn il-Kbira", (the big spring). Fontana is the Italian word for a spring.

On the lower part of Fontana, on the right-hand side of the road to Xlendi, one cannot help but notice the evergreen Lunzjata Valley going up to the village of Kerċem. Local farmers are busy around all year long in this fertile part of Gozo.

The People[edit]

Most of the fishermen that operated from the fishing village of Xlendi lived in Fontana. Also some other people used to go hunting in the adjacent Lunzjata Valley. Late in the nineteenth century, they began setting aside part of the proceeds from their catches to construct a church.

The Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fontana[edit]

At times, people can still be found washing their clothes at the Fontana spring.

The foundation stone of the church was laid on 29 January 1893. The church was consecrated twelve years to that day on 29 January 1905, and was dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The church was established as the parish of Fontana on 27 March 1911 under Bishop Giovanni Maria Camilleri. The spectacular village feast is celebrated each year around the 2nd and 3rd week of June. The Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fontana is also a parish church, and considered to be a national sanctuary of the Sacred Heart.

L-Għajn il-Kbira - The Big Spring[edit]

Arched shelters were built in the sixteenth century over the springs for the convenience of people when washing their clothes. A very old irrigation system made up from stone gutters constantly brings water from a spring situated in the Kerċem part of the valley.

Shelters[edit]

Shelters were built beside the Springs. This was useful for the Fontanin to go for shelter when there were raids during World War 2. This shelter started at the Springs and ended on a cliff looking over Fontana.

Administration of the Local Council[edit]

  • Savior Borg (Mayor, PN)
  • Anthony Borg (PN)
  • Lorry Apap (IND)
  • Victor Cefai (PN)
  • Horace Micallef (PL)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Estimated Population by Locality 31st March, 2013. Malta Government Gazette 19,094. Retrieved 11 June 2014.

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