Għasri

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Għasri
L-Għasri
Local council
Għasri as seen from the Cittadella
Għasri as seen from the Cittadella
Flag of Għasri
Flag
Coat of arms of Għasri
Coat of arms
Motto: Ex labore fructus
Ghasri in Malta.svg
Coordinates: 36°3′30″N 14°13′40″E / 36.05833°N 14.22778°E / 36.05833; 14.22778Coordinates: 36°3′30″N 14°13′40″E / 36.05833°N 14.22778°E / 36.05833; 14.22778
Country  Malta
Region Gozo Region
District Gozo and Comino District
Borders Għarb, Kerċem, Victoria, Żebbuġ
Government
 • Mayor Daniel Attard (PN)
Area
 • Total 5 km2 (2 sq mi)
Population (March 2014)
 • Total 525
 • Density 110/km2 (270/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Għasri (m), Għasrija (f), Għasrin (pl)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code GSR
Dialing code 356
ISO 3166 code MT-16
Patron saint Corpus Christi
Day of festa June
Website Official website

Għasri (Maltese: L-Għasri) is a village in the western part of Gozo, Malta, with a population of 525 people as of March 2014.[1] By population it is the smallest village in Gozo, and the third smallest in the Maltese Islands, after Bidnija and Mdina. Għasri does however has a relatively large area.

The village lies between the hills of Żebbuġ and Għammar. The name has Arabic origins, possibly being an area where olives were crushed for oil. Għasri is reached by forking right on the Victoria-Għarb road just after the Aqueduct.

A lighthouse on Ġurdan hill, better known as the Giordan Lighthouse dominates Għasri. The famous lighthouse rises 180 metres above sea level and was inaugurated in 1853. Its beam can be seen up to 50 kilometres away. Upon the hill around the lighthouse there are some marvellous 360 degree views of Gozo and this lures quite a lot of hikers, who tackle the rather steep path up to the hilltop.

A view of the Gurdan Lighthouse.

From the Village Square, a road leads to the fabulous valley of Wied il-Għasri. On the way, there are a number of typical farmhouses, most of them available for short or long lets, as well as an old charming chapel dedicated to the Patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Wied il-Għasri area is a marvellous country walk or cycling site especially in Winter and Spring. The valley ends in the sea, wedged between high cliffs where a secluded little inlet makes it ideal for swimming, snorkelling and diving. Indeed, the sea around Wied il-Għasri is very popular among divers. In Għasri valley one can find some saltpans.

The village church, designed by a local priest, Dun Ġużepp Diacono, was built early in the twentieth century. Its foundation stone was laid on 6 September 1903 and it was dedicated to the Corpus Christi on 9 January 1916 and later on to Christ the Saviour. The village was established a parish by Bishop Giovanni Maria Camilleri on 16 December 1921.

Għasri Main Roads[edit]

  • Pjazza Salvatur (Corpus Christi Square)
  • Triq il-Fanal (Lighthouse Street)
  • Triq il-Wilġa (Daleland Street)
  • Triq iż-Żebbuġ (Zebbug Road)
  • Triq Salvu Gambin (S. Gambin Street)
  • Triq Dun Karm Caruana (Fr.Carmelo Caruana Street)

Other Streets at Għasri[edit]

  • Daħla Ta' Għammar (Ghammar Street)
  • Sqaq il-Knisja (Church Alley)
  • Sqaq Wied tal-Qattus (Cat's Valley Alley)
  • Trejqet Ġesù Nazzarenu (Jesus of Nazareth Path)
  • Trejqet il-Farfett (Butterfly Path)
  • Triq id-Dehra (Visit Street)
  • Triq il-Ġonna (Gardens Street)
  • Triq il-Knisja (Church Street)
  • Triq il-Maxrabija (Maxrabija Street)
  • Triq it-Tamar (Dates Street)
  • Triq l-Għarb (Gharb Road)
  • Triq Ta' Għammar (Ghammar Road)
  • Triq Ta' Pinu (Ta' Pinu Road)
  • Triq Tal-Fenek (Tal-Fenek Road)
  • Triq Tal-Kanun (Tal-Kanun Road)
  • Triq Wied l-Għasri (Ghasri Valley Road)
  • Triq Wied Sara (Sahra Valley Road)
  • Wesgħa Dun Ġużepp Buttigieg (Fr. Joseph Buttigieg Place)

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