Santa Venera is one of the towns through which the Aqueduct built by Grand Master Alof de Wignacourt passes. It is a town located in the outer harbour region of Malta between the two busy towns of Birkirkara and Hamrun and lies about two kilometres away from the capital city of Valletta. The Aqueduct carried the water from the Rabat to Valletta. The famous palace of Casa Leone which was built by GrandMaster Antonio Manoel de Vilhena and it is located by the side of the arches of the Aqueduct. The Aqueduct passes through the town of Santa Venera. This Aqueduct began construction in 1611 and was finished four years later, in 1615.
Near the palace one finds a public garden named Romeo Romano. There is an old well-kept water mill in one of its corners and in another part of the garden there is an interesting farmhouse which houses a small exhibition of ancient tools which were used in agriculture. The water-mill as well as the farmhouse and the exhibition are open to the public. This palace, which today houses a ministry, is surrounded by a beautiful garden.
The Old Church of Santa Venera was built in 1473 and was enlarged in 1500, and rebuilt between 1658 and 1688 and again in the 19th century. This church remained as the parish church until 1989. A new church was consecrated in 2005.
The flag and coat of arms of Santa Venera are red with a white stripe in the middle and three red fleur de lys on the stripe, which were taken from the coat of arms of the Grandmaster Alof de Wignacourt who ruled the islands from 1601 to 1622. The flag was introduced when Malta’s local councils were created in 1993. Santa Venera became independent in 1918 and no longer forms part of Birkirkara. Santa Venera is today an urban area with a rural heart.
Casa Leone lies by the side of the arches belonging to the Aqueduct. Its design is attributed to Charles Francois de Mondion who was the French military engineer who also designed Mdina Gate and parts of Fort Manoel. Casa Leone served as a Maltese insurgent command base during the French blockade. It later served as a residence of Governors of Malta, a depository of the Museums Department and a government school. It now houses the Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change. It is surrounded by one of the most beautiful gardens in Malta. The name Casa Leone derives from the four lions that adorn the façade and also because it forms part of the Vilhena coat of arms.
In 1610 Grandmaster Alof de Wignacourt financed the building of the Wignacourt Aqueduct. The Aqueduct was finished in 1615 and an ornamental gateway was built between Fleur-De-Lys and Santa Venera.
The arches stopped at a tower known as it-Turretta (the Turret) also known as Guard Tower which is also in Santa Venera. From this tower, water continued its journey towards Hamrun, Blata-l-Bajda, Floriana and finally Valletta, through underground pipes.
The first stone of San Vincenz Chapel was laid in 1876. This chapel is central to a well- designed institute complex which is the Vincenzo Bugeja Conservatory.
The first church dedicated to Santa Venera was built in 1473 on a rock plain hill between Birkirkara and Msida. This was enlarged in 1658 and 1688. The present building which is still in use has some Giuseppe Cali’ paintings.
The old church of Santa Venera was given to the Carmelite friars in 1912 and became a parish church six years later, in 1918. Due to the increase in the population the friars decided to build a new church on the main road to Mdina. The foundation stone was laid on the 6th October 1990, and the new church is now the parish church of Santa Venera.
Santa Venera is a busy town located between the towns of Birkirkara and Hamrun. It is primarily a densely populated residential area lying beneath the famous Wignacourt Aqueduct. It also boasts a palace and a beautiful public garden of Romeo Romano. Santa Venera is a busy residential area comprising of shops and businesses as well as residential homes. It is an urban town with a rural heart. Here you can find all amenities and it is very convenient to have everything that you need within reach.
Properties in Santa Venera mainly consist of townhouses in the authentic typical Maltese style with wooden balconies, wooden beams and typical floor tiles. Many of these houses can be converted into modern homes or simply refurbished retaining their typical feel. Apart from townhouses and houses of character, modern maisonettes, apartments and penthouses can also be found in Santa Venera. It is a town that has all types of properties.
Being in the centre of Malta, it is close to the capital city of Valletta, within reach of the town of Rabat and the old capital city of Valletta, and also within reach of the south of Malta and the sea. It also lies close to the towns of Birkirkara and Hamrun which have their own shops and shopping malls.
Living in Santa Venera is very convenient as you can find everything on your doorstep. You only have to decide what type of property you require and then make it into the home you desire. It is a unique opportunity to live in a place where water was once carried through an Aqueduct, parts of which can still be seen today.
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