We thought that the bell ringing was in some way automated, but when we looked up at the belltowers we saw that there were guys in there ringing the bells by hand. I hope that they had ear protection!
As well as the square being highly regarded, Gharb church (Church of the Visitation of Our Lady to St Elizabeth) is also regarded as being one of the finest in the whole of the Malta. It doesn't suffer from the over-sized, over-grandness of many other churches, having a beautiful symmetry in its curved baroque face.
Gharb is regarded as having one of the most picturesque and quaint squares in the whole of Malta. Part of this appeal comes from the fact that you can juxtaposition the Church, cross, phone box and police station light in your photograph. This must be one of the most photographed scenes on Gozo/Malta and appears on loads of postcards & guidebooks. So naturally I had to take the picture too.
The main painting of the church depicts the Assumption to the Heavens of Our Lady and was made by Amedeo Perugino in 1619.
Here's one of the churches two bell towers. It's decorated with the lights for the Festa as well as with some hangings. It was about midday and the bells were ringing a pretty carillon.