Friday, July 12, 2024

Xewkija lies 3 kms east of Victoria.  It's name is derived from the Maltese word 'Xewk', meaning thistles or thorns.  It is dominated by a huge rotunda church completed in 1971 having taken around 20 years to build.  It was built to rival the Mosta Rotunda in Malta and it succeeds in height, but not in diameter.  The dome is larger than St Paul's Cathedral in London, and can hold a congregation of 3000 - around the entire population of Xewkija.  The village was the first parish outside the capital, and it is said to be the first place on Gozo to convert to Christianity.

Nemo Me Impune Lacessit'
'No One Shall Attack Me With Impunity' 
'Min Jaghmel Ghalija Ma Jghaddijiex Lixxa'