Three villages of Malta

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View of Attard and the surrounding area from the walls of Mdina.
Three Villages of Malta
Attard - Balzan - Lija

The Three Villages of Malta are Attard, Balzan, and Lija, which are located approximately at the centre of the Mediterranean island of Malta.[1] The Three Villages are known as such because of their close proximity to one another. In some cases one side of the street is part of one village while the opposite side of the same street is part of another village. The three villages are also very similar in size, layout and age.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9] During the Order of St. John the three villages were sought after for country residences and hunting lodges, of which many built there large palaces as a symbol of nobility and to some extent even superiority over the rest of Maltese society.[10] From 1993 to 2014 the population in Attard and Lija has increased while that of Balzan has decreased and grew in age.[11]