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So cool! Check out this 19th century birds-eye view of Gozo’s Ggantija Temples to celebrate Xaghra Day
Incredible!

Jillian Mallia

Check this out! Today happens to be Xaghra Day which celebrates the Gozitan town and on this occasion the Ggantija Temples World Heritage site Facebook page shared quite the stunning shot of the locality where the ancient temples are found.

“On the occasion of Xagħra Day we are delighted to share this exquisite birds-eye view of the village published by the Society of Antiquaries in London in April, 1829,” the Facebook page shares. “This was one of three steel engravings that accompanied a letter written by Captain William Smyth to Thomas Amyot, Treasurer of the Society in which Smyth gives a brief description of the inhabitants of Gozo and the newly excavated Ġgantija Temples.”

“Populating the terraced landscape of Casal Caccia, one can spot a number of recognizable landmarks. These include Ggantija and the lost ancient entrance to the temples, Ta’ Kola Windmill, built in 1787, the two megalithic pillars that used to mark the entrance to the Xagħra Circle and the old parish church on the distant horizon.”

Do you ever wonder what it would have been like living in those times?

28th April 2021


Jillian Mallia
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Jillian Mallia
A book lover, writer and globetrotter who loves exploring new places and the local gems that the Maltese Islands have to offer. An avid foodie and arts fanatic, Jillian searches the island and beyond for the perfect settings to write about.

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