As I had already mentioned, a large number of Attard's population consists of friendly felines. That's why Attard is the unofficial Cat Capital of Malta, also referred to as C(Attard). The cats are so friendly there that they will even tolerate one or the other dog in their territory, but only if the dogs are kind and kitty-loving.
Meet a favorite (C)Attard cat of mine called Alice, along with an extremely good-natured (and cat-loving, but that goes without saying) dog named Trixi. They are both really sweet and are just another example of the wonderful place Attard is.
It seems incredible that even little villages like Liya have so many churches and chapels in such a small area but thats Malta for you - one for each day of the year they say! With the Belvedere behind you and the parish church ahead then the old parish church will be on your right hand side! St Saviours church is considered as one of the masterpieces of early maltese architecture.
By the 17th century a larger building was needed but rather than enlarge the existing building the new one was built just nearby.
Not many tourists will think of coming to Liya and it is only a tiny village but this Chapel - Our lady of Miracles in St Saviours Street is said to be built on the exact geographical centre of Malta. Again no time to go inside here but for your information the old holy image to the side of the main altar is reported to have shed tears just before an earthquake took place on Malta.
The tiny village of Liys has some lovely old villas and gardens with orange groves - in fact oranges are the symbol of this village. Many of the large village houses play host to the many societies and clubs which seem so popular in Malta - every village seems to have a laboutr party hall. This emblem on the door belongerd to the Philamonica music society in Liya which was celebrating 100 years in 2005
In the centre of LIya village you will see this strange tower with external staircase in the middle of the road! Its known as the Belvedere. It used to be situated in the garden of one of the large villas in this affluent village. During a road widening scheme in the 1950's - and goodnesss knows this village needs it - the garden was cut through but the Belvedere was retained.
The old core of Balzan like Liya is really quaint with characteristic alleyways and narrow streets. look up from time to time and you see many religious stautes in niches of the buildings.
Ahead of the Belvedere is the parish church of Liya which dates from 1694. Like many churches in Malta the clocks gives differing times in an attempt to confuse the devil.