Santa Venera is a town in the Central Region of Malta, with a population of around 6,932 (March 2014). It is located between the towns of Birkirkara and Ħamrun, and it also borders Qormi and Msida.
Town hall and part of the Wignacourt Aqueduct at Santa Venera
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|District||Northern Harbour District|
|Borders||Birkirkara, Ħamrun, Msida, Qormi|
|• Mayor||Stephen Sultana (PL)|
|• Total||0.9 km2 (0.3 sq mi)|
|• Density||8,400/km2 (22,000/sq mi)|
|Demonym(s)||Vendriż (m), Vendriża (f), Vendriżi (pl)|
Vendrin (m), Vendrina (f), Vendrini (pl)
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|ISO 3166 code||MT-54|
|Patron saint||St. Venera|
|Day of festa||Last Sunday of July and 14 November|
The Old Church of Santa Venera was built in 1473, and it was enlarged in 1500, rebuilt between 1658 and 1688 and again in the 19th century. This church remained as the parish church until 1989. A new church was blessed in 2005.
In 1610, Grandmaster Alof de Wignacourt financed the building of the Wignacourt Aqueduct to transport water from springs in Rabat and Dingli to the capital Valletta, passing through various towns along the way including Santa Venera. The Aqueduct was finished in 1615, and an ornamental gateway was built where it crossed the road between what is now Fleur-de-Lys and Santa Venera. The arches stopped at a tower known as it-Turretta (the Turret) also known as Tower Guard, also in Santa Venera. From this tower, water continued its journey to Ħamrun, Blata l-Bajda, Floriana and Valletta through underground pipes.
Casa Leoni, also known as Palazzo Manoel, was built around 1730 during the reign of António Manoel de Vilhena. Its design is attributed to Charles François de Mondion, the French military engineer who also designed Mdina Gate and parts of Fort Manoel. During the French blockade, Casa Leoni served as a Maltese insurgent command base, and it later served as a residence of Governors of Malta, a depository of the Museums Department and a government primary school. It now houses the Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change. The palace has a large garden behind it, part of which was opened to the public in 1977 as Romeo Romano Gardens.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the town of Santa Venera saw more development and various churches and institutes were built. The town was considered as part of Birkirkara until 1912, and it became a separate parish six years later in 1918.
The flag and coat of arms of Santa Venera are red with a white stripe in the middle and three red fleur-de-lys on the stripe, taken from the coat of arms of the Grandmaster Alof de Wignacourt who ruled the islands from 1601 to 1622. The flag was introduced when Malta's local councils were created in 1993.
Santa Venera has a number of educational institutions which include the following:
- Saint Elias College a Catholic secondary school run by the Carmelite Friars. Its mission statement is to form a learning community where each individual is considered to be a child of God. Within a family framework, each individual has a unique value, irrespective of one's capabilities and achievements. In this manner, each individual can attain full growth through experiences which are academic, athletic, religious, creative, cultural and social.
- St Michael's College, a Catholic secondary school run by the Society of Christian Doctrine;
- Vincenzo Bugeja Conservatory and
- Dun Xand Cortis.
- St. Venera Band Club (Soċjeta' Filarmonika Santa Venera V.M. 1964)
- Kummissjoni Zghazagh Palmisti Santa Venera V.M. A.D. 1994
- Kumitat Festi Esterni Parrocca Santa Venera V.M - A.D.1971
- St.Venera United Youth Football Nursery
- Ghaqda tan-Nar 26 ta' Lulju - A.D 2009
- St. Venera Lightnings Football Club
- St. Venera Scout Group
- St. Venera Girl Guides
- Triq il-Ferrovija (Railway Road)
- Triq il-Kanun (Canon Road)
- Triq il-Kappillan Mifsud (Parish Priest Mifsud Street)
- Triq il-Kbira San Ġużepp (St Joseph High Road)
- Triq Reġjonali (Regional Road)
Zones in Santa VeneraEdit
- Tal-Palazz l-Aħmar
- Hal Kaprat
Gieħ Santa VeneraEdit
This is an award given every year to personalities who have left a mark in the locality of Santa Venera. In 2016, the award was given to ALS Malta founder, Bjorn Formosa M.Q.R. Previous winners include Mario Coleiro and Mario Calleja.
Twin towns – sister citiesEdit
- Orvieto, Italy
- "Estimated Population by Locality 31st March, 2014". Government of Malta. 16 May 2014. Archived from the original on 21 June 2015.
- "Santa Venera". malta-canada.com. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
- "Palazzo Manoel – Casa Leoni, Sta Venera". Times of Malta. 10 November 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
- "Ex 7-Up factory to become flats". Times of Malta. 23 March 2012. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
- "Archbishop inaugurates new parish church". Times of Malta. 18 July 2005. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
- "Twinning". localgovernment.gov.mt. Government of Malta. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
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