The Għajnsielem is a beautiful historic village worth visiting.
It has a population of 3,200 residents.
The village name translated on English language means “Peaceful Spring”.
And as all of the villages of Gozo it also has a main square with a parish church in the middle.
In the center of Għajnsielem you can admire the beautiful Parish church of Our Lady of Loreto.
The church has the Lombard-Gothic-style.
The church is designed by Ugo Mallia in order to replace the old parish church which became too small for the growing population.
The foundation stone of the church was laid on 14 September 1924.
The church was not completed until the mid 1970s due to a number of interruptions, mainly WWII.
After exploring the Bethlehem of Għajnsielem I took a few photos of the Parish church and the town.
Later on I had my lunch brake at the Giuseppe – Cafe Bistro.
This place had great service, very friendly staff and it was very clean in general. Prices were absolutely great.
It also has great history. You can find all about it on the first page of their menu as I did. But I will share a few facts with you in this blog post.
The story of the premises dates from 1925 when the Casa di San Giuseppe ( St. Joseph’s institute for orphans) opened its doors in Għajnsielem. A few years later the founder, Mosignor Guseppi Depiro, arrived from Malta with a parcel containing the band’s first instruments. The young musicians soon started to play and take part in several feasts and other occasions.
With the drops of the first bombs and the macabre wail of the sirens the band stopped playing. After the war the band reunited again, but they cut their connection with the St. Joseph institute. It became cultural and social club.
On January 2005 family Azzopardi took the management of the bar and pizzeria.
They changed the name from St, Joseph to Giuseppe Cafe and Bistro. The name was inspired by the humble beginning of the band at the Casa di San Giuseppe.
Today they offer a nice ambiance where everyone can enjoy excellent food, drinks, desserts, etc.
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One more thing that you can admire from the Għajnsielem at any time of the year is a breathtaking view towards the Mġarr Harbor. Unfortunately I did not walk to the spot. I jumped into the bus that stops just a few meters from that spot. If I only knew I would walk there and capture some photos of the stunning view. I did one click from the bus window though, but the photo is nothing special.
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