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.
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Gharb is a village located at the westernmost point of Gozo.
The remains of the village's old roots can be still seen in some of the decorated stone balconies.
Gharb is the second oldest village parish in Gozo. The village's church has an elegant facade which has been compared with Church of Saint Agnes in Piazza Navona in Rome.
Another attraction of Gharb is a fascinating folklore museum housing many objects reminding of Islands' rural history.
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We were lucky when we visited Gharb because it was Festa time - just by coincidence, we didn't plan our trip around that. As a result the streets and the church were festooned with decorations which made an already pretty town absolutely fantastic. See my Gharb page for a better look at it.
Gharb lies at the eastern side of Gozo close to the basilica of Ta' Pinu. It's quite a large town by Gozitian standards, probably the largest in eastern Gozo, and it's also one of the prettiest on the whole island. The central square is dominated, as always, by the church. The guidebooks all mention the juxtaposition of church, market cross, phone box and police station lamp, and so being the perfect tourist I recreated that shot in my picture here.