Yet another facet of Malta’s rich historical tapestry is to be found in the village of Naxxar. The unsuspecting visitor might appreciate the Maltese village at face value, but the real beauty lies beyond. Naxxar was a home to people back in the Neolithic Age, with cave dwellings found in the area; megaliths from the Bronze Age; cart ruts at Tas-Salina; Punic tombs from the Phoenicians; and catacombs from around Roman times. To say that this Maltese village is old, is definitely an understatement.
Tradition has it that the people of Naxxar were the first to go to St Paul’s aid after the biblical shipwreck. This tradition also has grounds in the origin of the name ‘Naxxar’, partly attributed to 'Nassar' (Nasra), meaning ‘conversion to Christianity’. Naxxar's motto Prior Credidi, “The first to believe”, acknowledges this. Another origin is attributed to a still existent word in the Maltese language - ‘Naxra’, being a collective noun for all the clothes that have been hung up to dry. Although, these are the main theories of the origin of the name, many more exist.
These Bronze Age marvels are world famous, and speculation about their origin and use abounds. They have been attributed to being used as transportation lanes for goods or construction material, as an irrigation system, or even as obscure contraptions used by extra-terrestrials.
This is considered as being Naxxar’s seaside, and a very popular destination for Maltese people, especially for summer recreation. Bahar ic-Caghaq also has two popular attractions - The Mediterraneo Marine Park and the Splash and Fun Park.
The Naxxar Parish Church is recorded to having existed in 1436, with the Mosta and Gharghur areas being subject to it. The present church was built in 1630, to designs by Tumas Dingli. Some of the paintings inside the church are attributed to the school of Mattia Preti, a prominent Italian Baroque painter.
This 18th century palace is a delight - as well as being a home, it is also open to the public, offering exquisite food, and a terrific garden. The opulence of its interiors is extraordinary, and sheds light on the sort of life Maltese nobility enjoyed around the island.
Fortifications make up a big part of Maltese historic architecture, given the strategic position Malta has and the importance it had to its past rulers. Naxxar is known to have had various fortified constructions due to it being situated on high ground, most notably two watchtowers - Gauci Tower and The Captain’s Tower - both of medieval origin. More recent constructions are by the Knights like Magdalene’s Fort - and then there are the British (mostly) pill-boxes.
The Town of Naxxar is vibrant and is split up in to Village core and outskirts where you find the villa area of San-Pawl Tat-Targa which also leads to Bidnija. The Village has numerous coffee shops, there are two of the most renown butchers located just besides the Church whereas there are also several supermarkets (Scotts being one of them) and mini-markets that offer fresh groceries whilst there are jewelry shops, furniture outlets and more.
Naxxar is also the home of the famous Naxxar Trade fair grounds which in due time will be converted into a multi-use of residential and commercial activity.
Naxxar offers a myriad of different types of properties in Naxxar, be it for families, individuals or investment opportunities. Ranging from apartments and townhouses to farmhouses and villas, there is something for everyone. The many areas of Naxxar also offer variety - from the town centre to the outskirts - offering intimate alleyway spaces to fantastic scenic views of nature.
Needless to say seeking village core properties will signify having the possibility to inhabit a century-old palazzo belonging to Maltese nobility – a unique opportunity to experience opulent spaces, large gardens and all that traditional Maltese stonework could produce.
Naxxar is a great residential town, that one may say offers everything from the quaint lifestyle to the busier hustle and bustle expected from a vibrant city. It is mainly populated by locals however several expatriates do rent out old farmhouses (sometimes 400-500 years old), that may accommodate a pool or a lovely court yard.
As for San Pawl Tat-Targa, there is a vast variety of villa’s, maisonette’s and apartments that may have swimming pools and gardens. The area is located centrally, whilst being close to the airport as well as with easy access to the Sliema and St. Julian’s areas from the coast road.
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