Il-Kunsill Lokali tal-Marsa
|Borders||Floriana, Ħamrun, Luqa, Paola, Qormi|
|• Deputy Mayor||Josef Azzopardi (PL)|
|• Total||2.8 km2 (1.1 sq mi)|
|Population (Nov 2005)|
|• Density||1,900/km2 (4,900/sq mi)|
|Demonym||Marsi (m), Marsija (f), Marsin (pl)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||Maria Regina; Holy Trinity|
|Day of festa||last Sunday of August; First Sunday of June|
Marsa is located on the Marsa Creek, a body of water formed by the flow of water from wadis in high ground nearby to the sea. The creek includes the Grand Harbour which the town is based on. A port was first established at Marsa by the Phonecians. Remains of Roman constructions have been found close to the town. It is thought a foundry of the Order of the Knights of St. John may have been located at Marsa.
In the 17th century a historical museum, the Museo di San Giacomo, was located at Marsa. This was created when Giovanni Francesco Abela converted his house into a museum and was the first of its type on Malta. Many of its artefacts are now held at the National Museum of Archaeology in Malta's capital city Valletta.
A new port was constructed in the 1860s under the rule of the British Empire. It was intended that a town would be built at the site under the name Albert Town, named after Prince Albert. By 1890 the town had a population of over 600 people, but it was later abandoned. A new town at the site emerged in the 20th century, taking the name Marsa after the creek.
In July 2009 a plan to regenerate the harbour area was announced. This is intended to turn the site into a recreational area and is planned include the construction of a marina with space for 170 boats.
Twin towns – Sister cities
Marsa is twinned with:
- Marsa Local Council - Town at a Crossroad: History of Marsa
- "Marsa menqa regeneration plan unveiled". The Times of Malta. 3 July 2009. Retrieved 26 February 2011.
- Richards, Brian (2008). Malta. New Holland Publishers. p. 27. ISBN 1845373618.
- "Bridgwater Twinning Association". Bridgwater Town Council. Retrieved 2013-07-18.