Pietà (Maltese: Tal-Pietà) is a small town in the Central Region of Malta, located on the outskirts of the capital city Valletta. Pietà is the suburb next-closest to the capital after Floriana. Its name is derived from Italian and signifies "Mercy".
Pietà skyline with St. Luke's Hospital
|District||Northern Harbour District|
|Borders||Floriana, Ħamrun, Msida|
|• Mayor||Keith Tanti (PL)|
|• Total||0.5 km2 (0.2 sq mi)|
|• Density||8,000/km2 (21,000/sq mi)|
|Demonym(s)||Pjetaniż (m), Pjetaniża (f), Pjetaniżi (pl)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|ISO 3166 code||MT-41|
|Patron saint||Our Lady of Fatima|
|Day of festa||Between last week of May and first Sunday of June|
The former Maltese national hospital, St. Luke's, is located in Tal-Pietà, as well as the University of Malta Medical School. Tal-Pietà is a coastal town, and an old boathouse of notable historic interest (now in use as a restaurant) is located on the waterfront. Also of historic interest, and visible in several old prints, is the little chapel of Our Lady of Sorrows, which dates from the seventeenth century, still in active use today. The parish church, however, goes back only to 1968. It is dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima and is run by the Dominican Order.
The town also hosts St. Augustine's College, run by the Augustinian Order. A couple of streets nearby bear the names of St. Augustine and his mother, St. Monica. Tal-Pietà is a departure point for ferries to Gozo, and the patrol boat depot of the Armed Forces of Malta is located at the Hay Wharf in nearby Floriana. Also within the boundaries of Pietà are St. Ursula's Orphanage; PBS, the national broadcaster; Villa Guardamangia, which served as the residence of then Princess Elizabeth of Great Britain (later Queen Elizabeth II), when she lived in Malta between 1949 and 1951; the Ta' Braxia Cemetery Complex is a Commonwealth War Graves Commission site and where many World War I garrison veterans from the British army and navy are buried; and the headquarters of the Nationalist Party. The party built its base here in 1969. Tal-Pietà is regarded as a suburb of Ħamrun, Msida, Floriana and Valletta. Most of its resident population over the past 30 years hails from this area.
The population of Pietà was 3,853 in November 2005, which had been an increase over previous years due to a new housing estate and the redevelopment of old homes over the past thirty years. In March 2014 the population stood at 4,020.
A large number of Maltese citizens have Tal-Pietà as their place of birth, because many women give birth at St. Luke's Hospital. Tal-Pietà is not, however, considered by the Maltese born there to be their home town, that being considered instead the town or city they first lived in.
Tal-Pietà Local CouncilEdit
The current Pietà local council members are:
- Keith Tanti (Mayor, PL)
- Josephine Fabri (Deputy Mayor, PL)
- Anthony Camilleri (PL)
- Josef Fitzpatrick (PN)
- Annhelica Agius (PN)
- Simon Cauchi (Executive Secretary)
Zones in Tal-PietàEdit
- Sa Maison
- Ta' Braxia
- Xatt it-Tiben
Tal-Pietà Main RoadsEdit
- Misraħ San Luqa (St Luke's Square)
- Misraħ il-Madonna ta' Fátima (Our Lady of Fátima Square)
- Telghet Gwardamanġa (Gwardamanġa Hill)
- Triq ix-Xatt (Marina Street)
- Triq il-Mimosa (Mimosa Street)
- Triq San Luqa (St Luke's Road)
- Triq Santa Monika (St Monica Street)
- Triq San Guzepp (St. Joseph Street)
- Triq id-Duluri (Our Lady of Sorrows Street)
- Triq Zammit Clapp (Zammit Clapp Street)
- Triq Hookham Frere (Hookham Frere Street)
- Triq San Girgor (St Gregory Street)
- Triq is-Sorijiet tal-Ursolini (Ursoline Sisters Street)
- Sqaq Borton (Borton Lane)
- "Estimated Population by Locality 31st March, 2014". Government of Malta. 16 May 2014. Archived from the original on 21 June 2015.