Madliena

A view of Busietta Gardens in Madliena
Entrance to Fort Madalena

Madliena (formerly spelt Madalena, Maltese: Il-Madliena) is an area in Swieqi, Malta, formerly part of the adjacent town of Għargħur. It takes its name from a chapel dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene, which was built in the area in 1490. Madliena was known as Ħal Samudi in Medieval times, and is listed as such together with Għargħur in documents of the time. The chapel was used as a watch post by Maltese insurgents during the French blockade of 1798–1800. It was demolished by the British military in 1880 to make way for Fort Madalena, one of the forts of the Victoria Lines. A new chapel was built nearby to replace the one demolished.[1]

While up to the 1960s it was mainly a rural area home to a number of farms, nowadays Madliena is a residential area, and it is home to many villas, bungalows, luxury apartments and maisonettes. It is close to the tourist area of St. Paul's Bay and Malta's main entertainment district of St. Julian's.[2]

A 17th-century tower known as the Madliena Tower is located on the coastline close to Madliena, although it falls within the limits of Pembroke not Swieqi.[3]

The red letter "M" on the coat of arms of Swieqi represents Madliena.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Scerri, John. "Ibrag". malta-canada.com. Archived from the original on 26 February 2010.
  2. ^ "Property in Madliena". Remax Malta. Archived from the original on 7 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Madliena Tower". Malta Environment and Planning Authority. Archived from the original on 31 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Is-Swieqi – Home". lc.gov.mt. Archived from the original on 9 May 2015.

Coordinates: 35°55′15″N 14°28′48″E / 35.92083°N 14.48000°E / 35.92083; 14.48000