Fun things to do in Gozo

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    St George's Basilica

    by nhcram Updated Aug 12, 2007

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    St Georges Basilica Victoria
    This church is known as the Golden Church and is in the capital of this tiny island. It is built on the site of two former churches and a Greco Roman temple..
    During the third week of July many colourful festivities are held to mark the feast day of the Basilica’s patron saint.

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    Gozo Heritage Museum

    by nhcram Written Aug 12, 2007

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    The Gozo Heritage is a museum telling you about the history of Gozo which dates back more than 7,00 years.
    We came here as part of an organised trip and although interesting there was some hard sell at the end to buy traditional Gozo crafts in the shop! I cannot remember how much it was to go in but it was not expensive.

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    Gozo Cathedral

    by tophat30 Updated Mar 12, 2007

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    The church became a Cathedral in 1864. The facade is Baroque wih Corinthian pilasters and in the niche is a white marble statue of 'Our Lady'. The baptismal fonts are made of Gozo Alabaster. The valuable painting which appears to be a dome ( optical illusion) was painted by the Italian artist Antonio Manuele di Messina and it was hung in 1754. The floor is covered with marble slabs underneith which are buried the Monsignors and the nobility who had the privilage to be buried in the Cathedral. Click on photo to see more pics inside the Cathedral.

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    Take a photo..............

    by leics Written Jan 10, 2007

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    ..........of the Azure Window. I'm sure everyone does, but it is very pretty.

    If you're lucky, a boat will float into view just as you are taking the photo. If you are not, like me, if will appear just afterwards. Frustrating.

    The window has been formed by the sea eroding the limestone (you can see what's happening just by looking at the rocks on the beach) and will, eventually, disappear altogether. That's why there are notices to stop people walking on top of it. Some ignore this, however (see photo).

    Oh, and there's a man in the car park who will try to sell you a guidebook. Don't be pressured; you don't have to pay anything to visit. Buy the book only if you actually want it.

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    Ta' Gurdan Lighthouse

    by Diana75 Written Dec 5, 2006

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    Ta' Gurdan Lighthouse rises to 161 meters above sea level and was built in 1851 under the British rule.

    Originally it was lit by means of a large oil lantern and revolving reflector.

    This system was changed to one using kerosene lamps and lenses, later replaced by a more sophisticated system, installed by the firm Barbier Bernard of Turenne in France and which is still in use until the present day.

    It is said that its beam was visible 38 miles away, and was more powerful than that at St. Elmo in Valletta.

    A climb up to the top of the lighthouse offers a 360 degree panorama of the island.

    For more details visit my Gharb and Ta' Pinu Sanctuary page.

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    Santwarju tal-Madonna Ta' Pinu

    by Diana75 Updated Dec 5, 2006

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    Ta' Pinu Church was built by public subscription following a miracle that took place in 1883 when Karmni Grima had a vision of the Virgin Mary.

    The foundation stone was laid in 1916 and the consecration by Bishop Gonzi took place in 1931. A year later Pope Pius XI elevated it to the status of a Basilica.

    Ta' Pinu is visited every year by large numbers of pilgrims and tourists. The sacristy is full of ex-voto offerings.

    The 16th century chapel existing on this place by the time the new church was planned is still preserved inside the Basilica with the original Madonna Ta' Pinu painting (1619) by Bartolomeo Amadeo Perugino.

    For more details visit my Gharb and Ta' Pinu Sanctuary page.

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    Victoria - St. Francis Church

    by Diana75 Written Dec 5, 2006

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    St. Francis Church is located on St. Francis Square in the south-eastern area of Victoria's old town.

    St. Francis square is dominated by a baroque fountain, located in front of the church.

    The Franciscan order was established in 1492 by Fr. Jacob de Leo, Provincial Minister of the Sicilian Province the Friary in the outskirts of Rabat.

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    Ta' Karolina Cave

    by Diana75 Written Dec 5, 2006

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    One of the most picturesque diving sites on Gozo is Ta' Karolina Cave.

    The cave took its name from the name of Karolina Cauchi, a wealthy unmarried woman from Victoria which found a sisters' monastery.

    The sisters had a summer convent located in Xlendi and Karolina was the one to order the steps and the path to be cut into the rocks in order to reach the grotto, the sisters private bathing place.

    The cave is a bent tunnel leading from one side to another of the rock wall and the maximum depth of this dive is 12m.

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    Ggantija - the North cave

    by Diana75 Written Dec 5, 2006

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    Across the road to the north in Ggantija, a natural cave was discovered in 1949.

    It is supposed that the cave was originally a rock-cut tomb, but it might also have served as temple refuse.

    Inside a great quantity of broken pottery of the Tarxien phase, but also fragments of a human skull and some animal bones have been found.

    For more details visit my Ggantija Temples page.

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    Ggantija megalithic complex

    by Diana75 Written Dec 5, 2006

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    Excavated between 1816 and 1820, the complex includes two Neolithic temples dating from the third millennium BC (3 600 to 3 000 BC).

    The two cloverleaf-shaped temples sharing the same façade temples are built with rough, coralline limestone blocks and contain five apses connected by a central corridor.

    The stone slabs weigh several tons and the outside walls are up to six meters high.

    Each of them was built as a series of semi-circular apses connected with a hall in the center.
    In Maltese, Ggantija means "belonging to the giants".

    A local legend is saying that a giant called Sansuna carried the stones to build the temples on her head from a site located far way.

    Ggantija became the first of the Maltese megalithic temples to be inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1980.

    For more details visit my Ggantija Temples page.

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    Xewkija – the village

    by Diana75 Written Dec 5, 2006

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    Located half way from the Mgarr Harbour to the capital town of Victoria, Xewkija is considered the oldest village in Gozo.

    The word Xewkija is derived from Arabic meaning an area of vast fields full of thorns which characterized the region in the past.

    The first parish church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, was erected and consecrated in 1755.

    After the 2nd World War, with the growth of the population, there was the need for a larger church. The architect Joseph D'Amato, inspired by the famous Basilica of Santa Maria Della Salute in Venice, drew the plans of the new church and the first stone was laid down in 1951.

    For more details visit my Xewkija page.

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    The village of Ghajnsielem

    by Diana75 Written Dec 5, 2006

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    Ghajnsielem, meaning "a peaceful spring", is the first village on Gozo met soon after leaving Mgarr Harbor.

    Among the attractions to be visited here are: the majestic Lombard-Gothic sanctuary dedicated to Our Lady of Loreto, the old parish church and Pjazza tad-Dehra, square of the apparition, where it is believed that the Virgin Mary has spoken to a local shepherd Anglu Grech and the old Franciscan convent and church of St. Anthony of Padua.

    For more details visit my Mgarr page.

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    Swimming Beaches , Hikes and exploring the island

    by Timesgoneby Written Sep 1, 2006

    Any one who love chillen on a beach will find one in every corner , restaurants by the many , Gozo is so cool for water sports such as wind surfing , diving and much more than just getting a cool tan. Hikes a fun to have if you are up for it and can handle and the island that is all about up and down hills , going on a bike ride is fun to , and heavn for photography :)

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    Cathedral Santa Marija

    by himalia11 Updated Jul 30, 2006

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    The cathedral of Victoria lies inside the citadel of Victoria and was completed 1697. As they didn't have much money, it took 20 years to finish the church, and they couldn't build a dome. So there's only the illusion of a dome, which was done 1732 by an Italian painter and looks impressive!

    There's also a cathedral museum (entrance is left of the church) with paintings, robes and lots of silver items like goblets and candleholders. On festive days, some of these silver items will be put into the church.

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    Victoria

    by himalia11 Written Jul 30, 2006

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    Victorio is the capital of Gozo and its Citatel on the hill can be seen from (almost) all around. Victoria was earlier named Rabat which just means city or suburb. It was renamed to Victoria in 1897 in the honour of Queen Victoria.
    Unfortunately we had only little time to stroll around the city. We mainly visited the Citadel and the church, but could get some impression on the old town with its small streets, really nice!

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