Għajnsielem

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Għajnsielem
Local council
Għajnsielem parish church
Għajnsielem parish church
Flag of Għajnsielem
Flag
Coat of arms of Għajnsielem
Coat of arms
Motto: Spring of Peace
Ghajnsielem in Malta.svg
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
Region Gozo Region
District Gozo and Comino District
Borders Nadur, Qala, Sannat, Xewkija
Government
 • Mayor Franco Ciangura (PN)
Area
 • Total 7.2 km2 (2.8 sq mi)
Population (March 2014)
 • Total 3,200
 • Density 440/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Għajnsilmiż (m), Għajnsilmiża (f), Għajnsilmiżi (pl)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code GSM
Dialing code 356
ISO 3166 code MT-13
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 3,200 residents as of March 2014,[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
  • Imrejżbiet
  • 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)

Twin towns — sister cities[edit]

Għajnsielem is twinned with:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Estimated Population by Locality 31st March, 2014". Government of Malta. 16 May 2014. Archived from the original on 21 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Ghajnsielem and Bethlehem sign a twinning agreement". Gozo News.Com. Retrieved 2016-05-30. 

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