Iklin

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Iklin
L-Iklin
Local council
Flag of Iklin
Flag
Coat of arms of Iklin
Coat of arms
Iklin in Malta.svg
Coordinates: 35°54′15″N 14°27′16″E / 35.90417°N 14.45444°E / 35.90417; 14.45444Coordinates: 35°54′15″N 14°27′16″E / 35.90417°N 14.45444°E / 35.90417; 14.45444
Country  Malta
Region Central Region
District Western District
Borders Balzan, Birkirkara, Għargħur, Lija, Naxxar, San Ġwann
Government
 • Mayor Anthony Dalli (PN)
Area
 • Total 1.7 km2 (0.7 sq mi)
Population (March 2014)
 • Total 3,130
 • Density 1,800/km2 (4,800/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Ikliniż (m), Ikliniża (f), Ikliniżi (pl)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code IKL
Dialing code 356
ISO 3166 code MT-19
Patron saint Holy Family
St. Michael
Day of festa Sunday before 29 September (St. Michael)
Website Official website

Iklin (Maltese: L-Iklin) is a village in the Central Region of Malta, with a population of 3,130 as of March 2014.[1] Clockwise northerly, Iklin is bordered by Għargħur, San Ġwann, Birkirkara, Balzan, Lija, and Naxxar. Iklin detached itself only recently from neighbouring village, Lija. A number of commercial outlets have more recently opened in the area. It also has its own Parish Church, celebrating its own First Holy Communion and Confirmation ceremonies at the Iklin chapel. Yearly activities include:

  • Jum l-Iklin (Iklin Day);
  • a fund-raising activity for the Parish Church.

There is a small chapel dedicated to St. Michael. St. Michael's feast is celebrated the Sunday before 29 September by the Lija fireworks team. This current chapel seems to have been built in 1615, on the site of a previous chapel. Mgr. Dusina reports of the Apostolic Visit in 1575, describing the chapel as being in a very poor state.

Archaeological sites at Iklin[edit]

Even though Iklin has only recently developed (the first house was built in 1958), it still has a few minor sites of archaeological importance:

  • a megalithic site, perhaps the remains of a temple, was discovered in 1967 by the Teenagers Din l-Art Ħelwa group from St. Aloysius' College. Unfortunately, this site has never been seriously surveyed or studied.
  • a second megalithic site was studied in 1986 during works on the new Birkirkara By-Pass, in the area known as Tar-Raddiena. Two large megaliths, and a few smaller ones are still visible (though often ignored) on this busy road. The ruins were dated, through pottery sherds found during excavation, to the Temple Period.
  • the foundations of a Roman Villa were excavated in 1975 during construction works. Unfortunately, the site - which seems to have been quite an interesting minor site - was destroyed soon after excavation, in the name of progress.

Zones in Iklin[edit]

  • Il-Qasbija
  • Ta' Ġnien Fonsu (Alphons Garden's Village)
  • Ta' Kieles
  • Ta' Simblija
  • Tal-Balal
  • Tat-Tabib (Doctor's Village)
  • Tax-Xwieki

Iklin Main Roads[edit]

  • Triq Dun Karm (Dun Karm By-Pass)
  • Triq Geronimo Abos (Geronimo Abos Street)
  • Triq il-Wied (Valley Road)
  • Triq in-Naxxar (Naxxar Road)

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