Marsa, Malta

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Marsa
Il-Kunsill Lokali tal-Marsa
Port
Local council
Il-Marsa
Marsa Power Station 2009-3.jpg
Flag of Marsa
Flag
Coat of arms of Marsa
Coat of arms
Marsa-map.svg
Coordinates: 35°53′0″N 14°29′41″E / 35.88333°N 14.49472°E / 35.88333; 14.49472Coordinates: 35°53′0″N 14°29′41″E / 35.88333°N 14.49472°E / 35.88333; 14.49472
Country  Malta
Island Malta
Borders Floriana, Ħamrun, Luqa, Paola, Qormi
Government
 • Deputy Mayor Josef Azzopardi (PL)
Area
 • Total 2.8 km2 (1.1 sq mi)
Population (Nov 2005)
 • Total 5,344
 • 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)
Postal code MRS
Dialing code 356
Patron saint Maria Regina; Holy Trinity
Day of festa last Sunday of August; First Sunday of June
Website Official website

Marsa (or Il-Marsa) is a town in the Grand Harbour area of Malta, with a population of 5,389 people as of November 2005. The name Marsa means "the harbour".[1]

History[edit]

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.[1]

During the Siege of Malta in 1565, Marsa was used as a camp by troops of the Ottoman Empire. Following their defeat, Marsa became a barony containing a number of vineyards.[1]

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.[1]

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.[1]

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.[2]

Facilities[edit]

Marsa is home to the Malta Shipyards. It also houses one of the two power stations which provide most of the electricity to the Maltese Islands.[1]

Marsa Race Track, a one-kilometre long horse racing track, was constructed in 1868 and remains in use.[3]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Marsa is twinned with:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Marsa Local Council - Town at a Crossroad: History of Marsa
  2. ^ "Marsa menqa regeneration plan unveiled". The Times of Malta. 3 July 2009. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  3. ^ Richards, Brian (2008). Malta. New Holland Publishers. p. 27. ISBN 1845373618. 
  4. ^ "Bridgwater Twinning Association". Bridgwater Town Council. Retrieved 2013-07-18. 

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