Wignacourt Aqueduct

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the Aqueduct at Santa Venera.

The Wignacourt Aqueduct in Malta is a very old building, running through Balzan, Birkirkara, Fleur-de-Lys and Santa Venera. This was built by the Order of Saint John from 1610 to carry water from Dingli and Rabat to Valletta. The Aqueduct was inaugurated on 21 April 1615 and it remained in use until the 20th century. It is named after Alof de Wignacourt, the Grandmaster who financed its building.

As part of the Aqueduct there was also a gate which had three sculpted fleurs-de-lis on top, as they were the heraldic symbols of de Wignacourt. Due to this, Santa Venera's flag contains these symbols and another suburb which developed around the area became known as Fleur-de-Lys, and it also features a red fleur-de-lis on its flag and coat of arms.[1]


  1. ^ "Fleur-de-Lys". Fleur-de-Lys Administrative Committee. 18 November 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 

Coordinates: 35°53′37″N 14°27′20″E / 35.89361°N 14.45556°E / 35.89361; 14.45556