“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”– Eleanor Roosevelt
A day at the village of Kalkara. Honestly, I’ve never been here. I heard this place before but it didn’t excite me so I didn’t bother to go. But not until a wonderful guy introduced me to the wonders of this place.
I’m quite amazed of how much this village can offer, so we set a morning just to see the glimpse of the beauty of Kalkara.
We started our day at around 9am.
Our first stop is the old gate of Kalkara. What’s with the gates though? Before, the three cities were surrounded by Bastions or defensive walls for protection against the attackers. Kalkara is just outside the three cities.
Next stop was the Santa Liberata Church. The building of the church and friary was completed in 1743 and on the 2nd August of that same year, the church was blessed and opened to the public.
I’m really fascinated about the story of the original cross of this church, I’ll try my best to research and write an article about it soon.
Next destination is the Kalkara Naval Cemetery.
This cemetery, which once belonged to the Admiralty, is close to a Capuchin monastery from which it takes its name. There are now 351 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-18 war, 5 of which are unidentified, and there are 694 burials of the 1939-1945 war commemorated in this site.
Next is the Smart City. Though we didn’t explore it much cos he said that it’s better to go here during nighttime cos of the dancing fountain.
A glimpse at the Site of the Film Studio and the beach side.
Next is the Wied Ghammieq Cemetery. The chapel and cemetery were built in the 19th century and it became the resting place for hundreds who died during the cholera epidemic in 1837.
Then we wander in the streets of Kalkara.
Here are some of interesting monuments you can find in Kalkara.
(This monument is for the commemoration for the victims of war.)
(This monument is for the commemoration of the papal visit.)
Lastly is the most important place in the village, San Guzepp Parish Church. With people moving to Kalkara, the need of a church was soon felt and in 1890, a church dedicated to St. Joseph was built.
There are still lots of places to visit here. A morning is not enough to explore the whole village so just wait for my future blog posts about the attractions that I didn’t mention in this article.
Overall, I’m deeply in love with this village, such a quiet, peaceful and reflective place. Filled with lots of attractions and historical sites. You can find everything here. A very moving experience.
Thanks to my man, Ivan for this wonderful day.
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