A walk in the Maltese countryside isn’t only about fields, farms, and garrigue. In a country that has been continuously inhabited for at least 7000 years, it is no surprise that there are historical or archaeological artefacts pretty much around every corner. Some of the more recent ones include items of a religious nature, such as the niches that adorn various buildings in our towns and villages with the statue of a saint or other.
The one in today’s photo is a bit more particular, because it’s part of a purpose-built structure, which can be found in the limits of the hamlet of Binġemma. The road next to it is appropriately named Triq in-Niċċa. The date 1869 is engraved in the corner stone at the bottom left, which may or may not be related to the time the structure was erected. I am particularly pleased to see that it’s in good repair, and that someone clearly takes regular care of it – enough to bring fresh flowers every few days. If any of my readers (especially from the Mġarr area) know more about this niche, I would appreciate your thoughts. As I go about my walks I’m slowly getting to notice these particular features of our Maltese landscape that we so easily take for granted.