Kirkop previously belonged to part of a larger community called Bir Miftuh (now known as Gudja) in the Middle Ages until the Early Modern Period. It became a parish in its own right in 1592. Punic remains of catacombs can be found around the village of Kirkop, some of them remained unexplored and some of the explorations have been shelved.
In 1969, Anthropologist Jeremy Boissevain publish a research on the social aspect of the village in his book Hal-Farrug. Jerremy Boissevain claims that the ancient civilizations of Kirkop have the same bloodline and the ancient Phoenicians who occupied the islands around 700BC.
Although the main parish church in Kirkop is dedicated to St. Leonard whose feast is celebrated on the 3rd. Sunday of September, there is a secondary feast in the village celebrated in honour of St. Joseph on the 2nd Sunday of July. Therefore it only stands to reason that that there are two band clubs – St. Leonard’s Band Club (L-Ghaqda Muzikali San Leonardu) and St. Joseph Band Club (Socjeta Muzikali San Guzepp Hal Kirkop). They stand practically next to each other. Although there is great rivalry between the supporters of both clubs, the village is one of the quietest in Malta.
An interesting church to visit is the Medieval Church of the Annunciation as well as the Parish Church of St. Leonard and the Chapel of St. Nicholas at the cemetery. The Chapel of the Annunciation is very old indeed. It was erected in 1460 and re-erected in 1658. It is situated in Misrah Kirkop and is still used today for special ceremonies.
A military cross on a column (Is-Salib tad-Dejma) is located in Kirkop village square and dates back from the Middle Ages prior to the arrival of the Knights of Malta. In that period, the Dejma consisted of all men aged between 18 and 60, who were duty-bound to part-take in defence actions to protect the Maltese coast from pirate attacks and the islanders from being taken away for slavery. There are also a number of niches scattered around the village as well as two WWII shelters below street level.
On entering Kirkop one comes across the Menhir which is a monolith erected in pre-history. Its purpose is still a mystery, many believing that it was a meeting place for the people of those days of pre-history.
The cemetery is located on the outskirts of Kirkop in St. Nicholas Street. This is the burial ground for several people who died of the Great Plague in 1592. In future a burial list is expected to be compiled in this section.
St. James Chapel does not exist anymore. There exists however a chapel which is very similar in Mqabba. Their entrances are very similar and this chapel is called the Chapel of Hal Millieri. The arched entrance is in a derelict state and is being considered for restoration together with the catacombs.
Different zones in Kirkop include Bonu z-Zghir, Il-Ghadir (The Lake), Menhir Estate, Tal-Ahfar, Tal_Ibliq, Tal-Fieres, Tar-Robba and Tas-Sienja.
Hal Kirkop is a very small quiet village and it has a lot to offer. Taking a walk around the village core you will find that there are many old buildings and niches to be appreciated. This is what gives the village its character and its typical Maltese village feel and look. Living in Kirkop has many advantages including living in a quiet typical Maltese village, living close to the airport as well as living in an old historical village.
You will find a variety of properties for sale in Kirkop. These include typical townhouses and maisonettes still having original features such a Maltese balconies and typical Maltese tiled floors. You will also find luxury houses of character, some of which have their own swimming pools and lovely surrounding gardens. On the modern side, you can find apartments and penthouses built to the latest modern specifications.
Living in Kirkop is a bonus as it is a very quiet and safe environment. Another aspect of owning property in Kirkop would be to buy and apartment and rent it out to people who are visiting Malta or who need to rent it for a short stay. As Kirkop is so close to the airport, this would be very convenient for them and a good investment for you.
If you love typical Maltese villages where you can see proof of past architecture and people who have lived there in the past, then Kirkop would certainly be the ideal place for you. It is a village where the locals will welcome you and you can admire the village core and the churches as well as join in the two festas (village feasts) in the summer where you can see beautiful fireworks displays that light up the dark, inky, Maltese summer skies.
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