Għajnsielem

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Għajnsielem
Local council
Il-Kunsill Lokali t'Għajnsielem
The parish church of Għajnsielem
The parish church of Għajnsielem
Flag of Għajnsielem
Flag
Coat of arms of Għajnsielem
Coat of arms
Motto: Spring of Peace
Map of Malta and Gozo with Għajnsielem (including Comino) shaded.
Map of Malta and Gozo with Għajnsielem (including Comino) shaded.
Coordinates: 36°1′37″N 14°17′25″E / 36.02694°N 14.29028°E / 36.02694; 14.29028Coordinates: 36°1′37″N 14°17′25″E / 36.02694°N 14.29028°E / 36.02694; 14.29028
Country  Malta
Island Flag of Gozo.svg Gozo and Comino
Borders Nadur, Qala, Sannat, Xewkija
Government
 • Mayor Francis Cauchi (PN)
Area
 • Total 7.2 km2 (2.8 sq mi)
Population (March 2013)
 • Total 3,153
 • Density 440/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Demonym Għajnsilmiż (m), Għajnsilmiża (f), Għajnsilmiżi (pl)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code GSM
Dialing code 356
Patron saint Our Lady of Loreto
Website Official website

Għajnsielem, meaning "Peaceful Spring", is a municipality on the southeastern coast of the island of Gozo in Malta, including the entire island of Comino. It has a population of 3,153 residents as of March 2013,[1] and is the first Gozitan village that greets the visitor on leaving Mġarr Harbour towards the Gozitan heartland. Its name originated from the water spring, around which in 1700, Grandmaster Perellos built an arcade containing public wash basins and fresh water spouts. Attractions include Lourdes Chapel with its sharp steeple and underlying niche of Our Lady of Lourdes, Fort Chambray and the towering of Ghajnsielem Parish Church.

Village Motto and Coat of Arms[edit]

The Latin motto of Ghajnsielem is Ob fontem prosperitas, that is Flourishing because of a spring – Nistaghna b’nixxiegha ilma. The springs in the area were the magnet that attracted the first inhabitants that eventually led to the prosperity of the place.

Places of interest[edit]

Band Clubs[edit]

Football Clubs[edit]

Zones in Għajnsielem[edit]

  • Borġ l-Għarib
  • Fort Chambray
  • Ġnien Miġiaro
  • Iċ-Ċens
  • Il-Gudja
  • Mġarr Port
  • Mġarr Valley
  • Mrejżbiet
  • Rdum it-Tafal
  • Ta' Briegħen
  • Ta' Cordina
  • Ta' Kusbejja
  • Taħt il-Belt
  • Tal-Palma
  • Xatt l-Aħmar
  • Żewwieqa

Għajnsielem Main Roads[edit]

  • Pjazza Indipendenza (Independence Square)
  • Pjazza Loreto (Loreto Square)
  • Triq Borġ Għarib (Borg Gharib Road)
  • Triq il-Fawwara
  • Triq il-Ġnien (Garden Street)
  • Triq il-Ħamri
  • Triq il-Qala (Qala Road)
  • Triq in-Nadur (Nadur Road)
  • Triq ix-Xatt (Strand Street)
  • Triq iż-Żewwieqa
  • Triq l-Imġarr (Mġarr Road)
  • Triq Sant' Antnin (St Anthony Road)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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

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