For some days now I’ve been saying that I should visit the village that we can see from our walk on the outskirts of Victoria, high up on the hillside it towers above the countryside. I was intrigued to know more about it. On the map I could see that the village is called Xaghra (pronounced shara with the ‘SH’ of Schindler) Its population is around the 5000! Seeing that the Ġgantija megalithic temples, as well as a stone circle are found there – it must be one of the earliest areas on Gozo of human habitation.
I found the village very peaceful, the little streets picturesque, and the ambience friendly. On this visit I did not go into the temples, nor visited the windmill which, by the way, dates back to 1725. That, as well as the caves with its stalactites and stalagmites, is planned for a visit in the near future. I started off by visiting the church (our Lady of Victories) always curious about what the magnificent Baroque façade will reveal on the inside. It was well worth it too, though too ornamental for my taste. After that I walked for a long time along the narrow streets, just enjoying the limestone houses, some really old and brittle, some quite new. I eventually ended up at a museum of toys where I was shown around all the amazing things of the past, a very interesting place and very nice people to welcome you.
One very interesting building I came across, and will talk about this further down among the photos of it.
I walked for hours (my workout for the day) and took the bus home to Victoria which drove there in 5minutes, I still cannot believe how close together all the places are here.
A wonderful day it was!
Below are the photos of the building I wanted to talk about. Though I know nothing about it actually, only what I can see and deduct. Both the older and the newer building are literary built on rough rock, I just wonder how this is possible, it looked as if the buildings were just plunked loosely on top, but I am sure that cannot be the case. Also the grey rock seems different material to the regular limestone that is used here as building material. It’s killing me and I just have to find out more about it. The last two pictures I took to the side of the older building, there seems something going on with the cement (not sure what type of cement it is) it gives an interesting and lovely design in the last photo. I did see this sort of thing also on some of the other buildings in the village. On my next visit I will go to the town council and try and find out more. The limestone of the Maltese islands has me totally bewitched.
The lady at the toy museum is a goldmine of information, she showed me so many of the toys, explaining all about them.