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Zejtun

Online since: 09. April 2013

Zejtun (seitun) lies in the centre of the south. This traditional Maltese town has 11,500 inhabitants (census 2005). The picturesque name Zejtun is Maltese for “oil spring”, which hints at the olive production. The town lies between Tarxien to the north, Marsaxlokk to the south, Marsaskala to the east and some smaller villages to the west.

In the late middle ages, the town was often attacked by pirates. For this reason, many houses became well fortified. This is also true for the church, found at the town border towards Marsakala. Since the 11th Century, the church has been amended and augmented a few times. It has been dedicated to St. Gregory. On the first Wednesday after Easter, the Feast of St. Gregory is celebrated to honour the saint. For the inhabitants, this festival is of particular importance. A main attraction of the town is the church of St. Catherine (Santa Katerina). The architect Lorenzo Gafa started construction in 1692, but the church was only completed in 1907, when the dome was finally finished. Inside the church, you can see elaborate paintings. Close to town, you can find the remains of a Roman villa from the Punic era, which hints at a long history of settlements.

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