Sant’ Andrija u l-Mitħna tax-Xarolla

Sant’ Andrija u l-Mitħna tax-Xarolla. (Click on the photo for added detail.)

This week’s throwback is a double feature, with photos of the chapel dedicated to Sant’ Andrija and the nearby Mitħna tax-Xarolla, from a walk in the Żurrieq area last year. Starting from town, I passed by these landmarks and another nearby chapel on my way out, and returned through secluded Wied il-Bassasa and a route along the sea cliffs.

The chapels and the windmill had been on my list of places to visit for a while, and I was glad to be there in such great conditions. Both buildings are historically significant, with the windmill being one of the few in Malta, built under the Order of St John, that is preserved in working order. Sadly, it suffered significant wind damage earlier this year, though I understand it shall be restored.

The chapel is even older, first mentioned in the well-known 1575 Dusina report, and located on a number of catacombs. For those who would like to know more, Kappelli Maltin has an interesting article (in Maltese) with many details.

Sant’ Andrija. (Click on the photo for added detail.)

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