Tradition has it that the people of Naxxar were the first to go to St Paul’s aid after the biblical shipwreck. This tradition also has grounds in the origin of the name ‘Naxxar’, partly attributed to ‘Nassar’ (Nasra), meaning ‘conversion to Christianity’. Naxxar’s motto Prior Credidi, “The first to believe”, acknowledges this. Another origin is attributed to a still existent word in the Maltese language – ‘Naxra’, being a collective noun for all the clothes that have been hung up to dry. Many historians also claim it might stem from the words’ nsara’ or ‘nazaroei’, which means people who believe in the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. Although these are the main theories of the origin of the name, many more exist.
The Naxxar parish church was one of the ten parishes found to be existing in 1436, and the villages of Mosta and Ghargħur were subject to it. The present Church was built between 1616 and 1630 to designs by Tumas Dingli, one of the best architects of the time. The choir and the area around it were redesigned in 1691 to Lorenzo Gafà’s plan, the same architect who had designed the Mdina cathedral. The parish church was solemnly consecrated on 11 December 1732. Some of the Church’s paintings are attributed to the school of Mattia Preti, a prominent Italian Baroque painter, and Stefano Erardi. Other paintings that show the Madonna and Child, St Cajetan, St Aloysius Gonzaga, Our Saviour, and Our Lady of Sorrows are attributed to the Maltese painter Frangisku Zahra. In the sacristy hangs the antique painting showing Our Lady of the Rosary, which was painted on wood by Gio Maria Abela in 1595.
In the larger Naxxar area, there are various country chapels. These include the chapel of the Immaculate Conception, St Lucy’s chapel, the chapel of the Shipwreck of St. Paul situated at San Pawl tat-Tarġa, Church of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, the chapel of St James the Apostle, Santa Maria tax-Xagħra, the Assumption of the Virgin in Magħtab, the Annunciation of the Virgin at Salina, the Church of St. Michael the Archangel in Salina, that of St John the Evangelist and that of St Mary of the Angels in Baħar ic-Ċagħaq.
These Bronze Age marvels are world-famous, and speculation about their origin and use abound. Until now, scientists have not been able to determine with certainty where they came from, but according to one theory, they were carved by wheels of carts transporting stone from a nearby quarry. However, others believe that this is the result of natural rock erosion, although it is unknown how scratches could be formed so regular and almost creating a path through the rocky ground.
This is considered Naxxar’s seaside and a trendy destination for Maltese people, especially for summer recreation. Bahar ic-Caghaq also has two popular attractions: The Mediterraneo Marine Park – an excellent way for adults and children to understand more about marine life and its inhabitants through edutainment and the Splash and Fun Park.
This 18th-century palace built by grandmaster Manoel de Vilhena is a delight – as well as being a home, it is also open to the public, offering exquisite food and a terrific garden. The luxury of its interiors is extraordinary and sheds light on the sort of life Maltese nobility enjoyed around the island.
Fortifications make up a big part of Maltese historic architecture, given Malta’s strategic position and the importance it had to its past rulers. Naxxar has had various fortified constructions due to being situated on high ground. Some fortifications around Naxxar include Gauci Tower, and Captain’s Tower (16th- century towers), Għallis Tower, and St Mark’s Tower (17th-century coastal towers), Bahar ic-Caghaq Redoubt, and Ximenes Redoubt (18th-century coastal redoubts), Naxxar Entrenchment, an 18th-century inland entrenchment, Victoria Lines, a 19th-century defensive line and Reserve Post R15, a 20th-century pill-box.
The Town of Naxxar is vibrant and is split up into Village core and outskirts where you find the villa area of San-Pawl Tat-Targa, which also leads to Bidnija. The Village has numerous coffee shops. There are two of the most renowned butchers located just beside the Church. Several supermarkets and mini-markets offer fresh groceries, while there are jewellery shops, furniture outlets, and more.
Naxxar was also the home of the famous Naxxar Trade fair grounds, with plans for redeveloping the site into a multi-use of residential and commercial activity.
Naxxar offers many different properties in Naxxar, be it for families, individuals, or investment opportunities. There is something for everyone – from apartments and townhouses to farmhouses and villas. The many areas of Naxxar also offer variety – from the town centre to the outskirts – offering intimate alleyway spaces to fantastic scenic views of nature.
Seeking village core properties will signify having the possibility to inhabit a century-old palazzo belonging to Maltese nobility – a unique opportunity to experience opulent spaces, extensive gardens, and all that traditional Maltese stonework could produce.
Naxxar is a great residential town that offers everything from the quaint lifestyle to the busier hustle and bustle expected from a vibrant city. Locals mainly populate it; however, several expatriates rent out old farmhouses (sometimes 400-500 years old), which may accommodate a pool or a lovely courtyard.
As for San Pawl Tat-Targa, there is a wide variety of villas, maisonettes, and apartments that may have swimming pools and gardens. The area is located centrally, while being close to the airport and easy access to the Sliema and St. Julian’s areas from the coast road.
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