Here I am in a new exploration in the South of Malta 🙂
What I heard about Mqabba is that it situated in the heart of a soft limestone area, it has around a quarter of the quarries in Malta.
For this exploration I used as a guide the “Malta Goes Rural yellow map (Qrendi-Mqabba-Zurrieq) and the map edited by the Local Council, named “a walk in a charming village”.
The map touched many interesting sites:
Starting from Diamond Jubilee Square one can see three small structures covering the entrance to early Christian burial chambers (click on the gallery below).
These catacombs are known as Tal-Mintna, the name by which this area is known.
Hal Millieri is a beautiful countryside area and the location of an abandoned medieval village. Basically it is from here that the other villages of Zurrieq, Qrendi and Mqabba came into being.
The area was recently embellished with a newly paved street.
Though Hal-Millieri is first documented in 1419, its origins are lost in antiquity of the Roman and maybe even to prehistoric times.
You see first “The Chapel of the Annunciation”, a medieval Siculo Norman chapel, dating prior to 1500, decorated with remarkable medieval frescoes.
Beautiful countryside views along path…
A narrow passageway leads the visitors towards Mqabba’s Cemetery where the chapel dedicated to Jesus the Nazarene is located.
Once you enter in the village, you can see the Old Hospital
It probably dates back to the sixteenth century when pestilence epidemic took the lives of circa 11% of the Maltese population.
Next stop is the Chapel of St Catherine, situated in the very corner of Church Square.
This beautiful chapel is just opposite the Parish Church. Its origins take us back to the year 1575, when Monsignor Duzina visited the village.
Two marvelous palaces adorn with their façade the Parish Church Square: the palace of “Our Lady of Lily Band Club” and the one of “King George V Band Club”.
Music is all around the main church, which is dedicated to the Our Lady of the Assumption, with its feast being held every 15 August.
The feast of Our Lady of Lilies (Madonna tal-Gilju) is celebrated on the third Sunday of June.
My walk along the heritage trail of Mqabba ended at the Chapels of St Basil and St Michael one of the oldest chapel on the islands.
The Chapel of St Basil was first built in the fifteenth century and it was the biggest chapel of Mqabba at that time, the Archbishop Molina in 1680 referred to it as the main church of Mqabba in the heart of the Mqabba people.
If you are looking for a heritage trail in a charming village in Malta do not miss Mqabba!