Santa Luċija, Gozo

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Santa Luċija
St Lucy's church in the main square
St Lucy's church in the main square
Motto(s): Civibus Lucem Ingeni
(I Implant Light In Fellow Citizens )
Country  Malta
Region Gozo Region
District Gozo and Comino District
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code KCM
Dialing code 356
ISO 3166 code MT-22
Patron saints Saint Lucy
Website santalucija.com

Santa Luċija is an old hamlet, suburb of the village of Kerċem in Gozo, Malta.

The hamlet takes its name from the church situated in the middle of the hamlet. The original chapel dedicated to St Lucy was recorded by Bishop Dusina in 1575 during his apostolic visitation. Santa Luċija is inhabited by country folk with a few old houses built around the church. The local feast in honour of Saint Lucy is celebrated every year on the Sunday closest to the 13th of December, the liturgical feats day of the saint. It has also become a tradition to celebrate the feast day by the Lucia procession or Festival of Light, typical to Scandinavian countries, particularly Sweden.[1] Lucia buns are also made on this day. Santa Luċija is unique in Gozo, with its picturesque square and traditions. The village square is marked by a traditional stone cross. The village is right next door to Kercem and boasts some stunning countryside. The area was once known for its fresh water springs and it is still one of the greenest areas on Gozo.

Santa Lucja is bordered by Victoria and Kerċem. Accessible from the hamlet is Ghajn Abdul plateau which goes up to Mixta caves, the site of the earliest settlement in Gozo. On can also access the Saint Rapheal Lake and from there, a path in the fields parallel to the cliffs leads to Ras il-Wardija, the site of a Punic settlement that included a small temple.[2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Festival of Light to be held at Santa Lucija this Saturday", Gozo News, Malta, 7 December 2010. Retrieved on 14 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Santa Luċija - Destination of Excellence", Visit Malta, Malta. Retrieved on 14 September 2016.
  3. ^ "The Hamlet of Santa Luċija", Visit Gozo, Malta. Retrieved on 14 September 2016.