Għarb

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Għarb
Garbo
Local council
Il-Kunsill Lokali tal-Għarb
Għarb Parish Church
Għarb Parish Church
Flag of Għarb
Flag
Coat of arms of Għarb
Coat of arms
Motto: In Estremo Vigilat
(Sentinel at the Borderline)
Gharb-map.svg
Coordinates: 36°3′40″N 14°12′33″E / 36.06111°N 14.20917°E / 36.06111; 14.20917Coordinates: 36°3′40″N 14°12′33″E / 36.06111°N 14.20917°E / 36.06111; 14.20917
Country  Malta
Island Flag of Gozo.svg Gozo
Borders Kerċem, Għasri, San Lawrenz
Government
 • Mayor David Apap Aguis (PN)
Area
 • Total 4.6 km2 (1.8 sq mi)
Population (March 2013)
 • Total 1,533
 • Density 330/km2 (860/sq mi)
Demonym Tal-Għarb
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code GRB
Dialing code 356
Patron saint Visition of Our Lady to Saint Elizabeth
Website http://www.gharbnet.com/

Għarb is a village located at the westernmost point of the island of Gozo, Malta, with a population of 1,533 people as of March 2013.[1]

Gharb started life as a small hamlet centuries ago. The word Gharb is Arabic for West, so it should be no surprise that the village is the most westerly place on Gozo. You can see its ancient roots in the centre of the village where some houses have fine examples of decorated stone balconies. Għarb was created as a parish in 1679, a move which gave impetus for the building of a new, baroque parish church. Built between 1699 and 1729, it has an elegant facade which has been compared with Francesco Borromini's Church of Saint Agnes in Piazza Navona, Rome. The village square, so quintessentially Gozitan, has become the view on many a postcard. On the square is a folklore museum housing all sorts of memorabilia retelling the Islands' rural history. Għarb lies in some of Gozo's most scenic countryside, particularly at Dbiegi, the highest hill on the Island. Also at Dbiegi is a centre for Gozitan crafts. Within the limits of Għarb is the Chapel of San Dimitri. According to legend, the first chapel was built on the cliff side by a woman whose son was freed from captivity by St. Demetrius. Also nearby is the Basilica ta' Pinu, Malta's pre-eminent shrine to the Virgin Mary. It was on this spot in 1883 that a local woman heard the voice of the Virgin. The parish church is dedicated to the visitation of Saint Mary to her cousin Saint Elizabeth. The late Karmni Grima and Frenc Tal-Gharb are two of its most renowned villagers.

Zones in Għarb[edit]

  • Birbuba
  • Ħodba
  • Il-Wileġ
  • San Katald
  • Ta' Lamuta
  • Ta' Pinu
  • Ta' Santu Pietru
  • Il-Fgura
  • Taż-Żejt
  • Wara l-Bjut
  • Wied tal-Knisja
  • Wied il-Mielaħ
  • Ta' Ħries

Band Club[edit]

Għaqda Mużikali Viżitazzjoni (A.D. 2003)

https://www.facebook.com/bandavizitazzjoni?fref=ts

Theatre[edit]

Għarb Stage Christophers (A.D. 1939) - Għarb Parish Centre

Kumitat Festi Esterni Madonna tal-Viżitazzjoni[edit]

Sotto Kumitat tal-Armar

Sotto Kumitat tan-Nar

Kumitat Zgħażagħ Brijużi fil-Festa ~GHARB~ (A.D. 1997)

https://www.facebook.com/festagharb

Football Club[edit]

Għarb Rangers F.C. (Founded 1968)

https://www.facebook.com/FCGharbRangers

Community Radio[edit]

Radju Viżitazzjoni 92.4 FM (Founded 2003)

Local Council[edit]

The current members of the local council are:

  • Apap Aguis David - mayor, PN
  • - PL
  • Muscat Emanuel - PL
  • Cecchini Shirley-anne - PN
  • Vella Carmen - PN

Għarb Main Roads[edit]

  • Pjazza taż-Żjara tal-Madonna (Visitation of Our Lady Square)
  • Triq Birbuba (Birbuba Road)
  • Triq Franġisk Portelli (Frances Portelli Road)
  • Triq Frenċ ta' l-Għarb (Frenc of Gharb Street)
  • Triq il-Knisja (Church Street)
  • Triq il-Madonna tal-Virtut (Our Lady of Virtus Street)
  • Triq Ta' Sdieri (Ta' Sdieri Road)

Other Streets at Għarb[edit]

  • Triq il-Viżitazzjoni (Visitation Street)
  • Pjazza Praga (Prague Square)
  • Sqaq Franġisk Portelli Nru. 1 (Frances Portelli Alley No.1)
  • Sqaq il-Fgura (Fgura Alley)
  • Sqaq il-Madonna tal-Virtut Nru.1 (Our Lady of Virtus Alley No.1)
  • Sqaq il-Papa Klement XIV (Pope Clement XIV Alley)
  • Sqaq l-Arċipriet (Archpriest Alley)
  • Triq Albert W. Ketelby (Albert W. Ketelby Street)
  • Triq Dun Alwiġ Mizzi (Fr. Aloysius Mizzi Street)
  • Triq Feliċ Grech (Felex Grech Street)
  • Triq id-29 ta' Awissu, 1679 (29 August 1679 Street)
  • Triq il-Blata (Rock Street)
  • Pjazza Gerano (Gerano Square)
  • Triq it-Trux (Trux Street)
  • Triq Kanonku Franġisk Mangion (Canon Frances Mangion Street)
  • Triq Karmni Grima (Carmela Grima Street)
  • Triq l-Arċipriet Ġamari Camilleri (Archpriest Gamari Camilleri Street)
  • Triq l-Għarb (Gharb Road)
  • Triq l-Isqof Mikiel Molina (Bishop Micheal Molina Street)
  • Triq Mongur (Mongur Street)
  • Triq Patri Albert Caruana (Bro. Albert Caruana Street)
  • Triq San Dimitri (St. Dimitrius Street)
  • Triq San Katald (St. Catald Street)
  • Triq San Pietru (St. Peter Street)
  • Triq Ta' Għammar (Ghammar Road)
  • Triq Ta' Pinu (Ta' Pinu Road)
  • Triq Tumas Cassar (Thomas Cassar Street)

Sister cities[edit]

References[edit]

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

External links[edit]