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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.

Għajnsielem
Għajnsielem parish church
Għajnsielem parish church
Flag of Għajnsielem
Flag
Coat of arms of Għajnsielem
Coat of arms
Motto(s): 
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
DistrictGozo and Comino District
BordersNadur, Qala, Sannat, Xewkija
Government
 • MayorKevin Cauchi (PN)
Area
 • Total7.2 km2 (2.8 sq mi)
Population
 (March 2014)
 • Total3,200
 • Density440/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Għajnsilmiż (m), Għajnsilmiża (f), Għajnsilmiżi (pl)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
GSM
Dialing code356
ISO 3166 codeMT-13
Patron saintOur Lady of Loreto
WebsiteOfficial website

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Village Motto and Coat of ArmsEdit

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.

PlacesEdit

The following is a list of prominent places, buildings and structures in the village.[2][3]

Band ClubsEdit

Football ClubsEdit

Zones in GħajnsielemEdit

  • 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 RoadsEdit

  • 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 citiesEdit

Għajnsielem is twinned with:

Tolfa (Italia)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Estimated Population by Locality 31st March, 2014". Government of Malta. 16 May 2014. Archived from the original on 21 June 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ Caruana, Joseph (2011). "Toponomi t'Għajnsielem (1)" (PDF). L-Imnara. Rivista tal-Għaqda Maltija tal-Folklor. 9 (4): 187-189. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 April 2016.
  3. ^ Caruana, Joseph (2012). "Toponomi t'Għajnsielem (2)" (PDF). L-Imnara. Rivista tal-Għaqda Maltija tal-Folklor. 10 (1): 43–45. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Ghajnsielem and Bethlehem sign a twinning agreement". Gozo News.Com. Retrieved 30 May 2016.

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