Hamlet in St. Paul's Bay
View of the Castello dei Baroni.jpg
Coordinates: 35°56′16.65″N 14°23′33.15″E / 35.9379583°N 14.3925417°E / 35.9379583; 14.3925417Coordinates: 35°56′16.65″N 14°23′33.15″E / 35.9379583°N 14.3925417°E / 35.9379583; 14.3925417
Country Malta
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
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Wardija is a hamlet in St. Paul's Bay, Malta,[1] about 363 feet above sea level.[2] Its name is corrupted from the Sicilian or Italian word guardia, meaning to watch).[2][3] Although the name of the hamlet has Arabic lexicons, it was probably named later when Maltese, then an Arabic dialect, remained a dominant language.[4] The hamlet is bordered with Bidnija, Buġibba, San Martin and Pwales.[2] Several archeological remains are found in the whereabouts, proving that it was inhabited in pre-history and the Roman period,[5] and it has always been mainly a rural village. From the 16th till the 18th-centuries it saw a shift into a hunting zone with the construction of several hunting lodges and chapels.

A number of knights and noble families built their country residences, originally to be used for hunting and retreats. A number of 19th and 20th century structures were also erected in the area. Some houses are still owned by the descendants of the original builders, while others are now used for multiple purposes such as private homes, commercial accommodation, events and weddings receptions. There are two schools, one for local students and one for foreign students.

There are a number of public and private chapels dating from the rule of the Order of St. John till the 20th century.[6] Some houses have buttressed walls, possibly for defense purposes or general support, while other have defense features exclusively for decorative intent. A World War I battery was constructed in the whereabouts of Wardija, and its gun emplacements are still on site.[7] A rental complex, known as the Wardija Hilltop Village, and the Headquarters of the Ecumenical Order, known as Castello Dei Baroni, are located at the inner part of Wardija.[8]

Wardija consist of a low and high land, its hill is a plateau, and Qannotta Valley is located within its boundaries.[9] Rain water in Wardija is vital for agriculture, as a primary source of production, while it also flows into areas around such as to the now defunct Xemxija Aqueduct.[10] Some lands in Wardija enjoy a conservation status from the Environment and Resources Authority, while there are also pre-historic cart-ruts enjoying conservation from the Planning Authority.


Notable residences

There are three Roman period villas at Wardija, all of which are in ruins.[11]

Wardija has a concentration of historic country residences.[12][13]

Casino Mifsud and the Chapel of St. George
Qannotta Castle, built by Grand Master Perellos
Grand Master Rohan hunting lodge, now the Castello dei Baroni
Castel Bertrand
Casa Manduca
  • Casino Mifsud[14][15]
  • Casa Navarra
  • Casa Manduca[16][17]
  • Is-Sienja,[18] formerly known as Casa Sant Manduca (built 17th century)[19] (Advance Dressing Station)[20]
  • Castel Bertrand[21]
  • Casa San Antonio, or Palazz tat-Telgha (Uphill Palace)
  • Qannotta Castle, or Palazz Qannotta[22]
  • Castello tas-Salvatur
  • Palazzo Busietta
  • Castello Dei Baroni
  • Palazz ta' Gerxija
  • Palazzo Promotorio
  • Dar San Frangisk[23]
  • La Verna House
  • Villa Rosa Mundi[24]
  • Rihana, a villa with top of the line design. A highly architectural masterpiece.

Churches and chapels

Wardija has a large concentration of churches and chapels.[12][13]

  • St. George Chapel, Wardija
  • Church of Our Lady, or Our Lady of the Abandoned Church
  • Immaculate Conception Chapel, Wardija
  • Our Lady of Graces, or Tal-Imrieha Chapel
  • St. John the Baptist Chapel, Wardija, or Tal-Hereb Chapel
  • St. Martin Chapel, Wardija
  • St. Nicholas Chapel, Wardija
  • St. Simon Chapel, Wardija
  • Chapel at Castello dei Baroni
  • Chapel with an unknown dedication

Other buildings and structures

  • Rezul Lodge
  • Albizia Lodge
  • Wild Rose
  • Maria Regina College and Young Adult Education Resource Centre
  • Wardija Battery
  • Wardija Hilltop Village
  • Dar tal-Argentier

See also


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  2. ^ a b c Aquilina, Guzè (1976). Maltese Linguistic Surveys. Malta University Press. p. 120.
  3. ^ "Studji Filologici" (PDF). Il-Malti (in Maltese): 50. 1957.
  4. ^ "page 377" (PDF). Melitensiawth.com. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  5. ^ Sagona, Claudia (2015). The Archaeology of Malta. Cambridge University Press. p. 309. ISBN 9781107006690.
  6. ^ Scerri, John. "San Pawl". malta-canada.com. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  7. ^ Debono, Charles (19 July 2015). "The western, eastern, Italian fronts in the latter half of 1915". Times of Malta. Archived from the original on 14 November 2015.
  8. ^ Dijkhof, Hans J. Hoegen; Dijkhof, Hendrik Johannes Hoegen (2006). The Legitimacy of Orders of St. John: A Historical and Legal Analysis and Case Study of a Para-religious Phenomenon. Hoegen Dijkhof Advocaten. pp. 24, 231, 457. ISBN 9789065509543.
  9. ^ "The Malta Government Gazette" (PDF). Gov.mt. 29 October 2013. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Het Wignacourt-aquaduct". Malta Pagina (in Dutch). Netherlands. 2005–2012. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  11. ^ "Journal" (PDF). Melitensiawth.com. p. 76. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  12. ^ a b Dillon, Paddy (2016). Walking on Malta. Cicerone Press Limited. pp. 109–113. ISBN 9781783622917.
  13. ^ a b Scerri, John. "San Pawl". malta-canada.com. Archived from the original on 26 February 2010.
  14. ^ "S2329: House of Character in Wardija for Sale in Malta". 1 April 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-04-01. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  15. ^ "Vacation Homes & Condo Rentals - Airbnb". Airbnb. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  16. ^ "Semi-Detached Villa in Wardija To Let ref 16109 - Chestertons Malta". 11 April 2017. Archived from the original on 2017-04-11. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  17. ^ "Statue's 90th Anniversary". Independent.com.mt. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  18. ^ https://maltatoday.uberflip.com/i/1110343-maltatoday-28-april-2019/9?
  19. ^ https://www.maltatoday.com.mt/environment/townscapes/98301/13_million_wardija_villa_court_auction_over_swiss_loan_callin#.XhUBo8rTWhA
  20. ^ https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2014-08-26/newspaper-lifestyleculture/Second-World-War-Malta:-The-Advance-Dressing-Station-in-Wardija,-1942-–-RAMC-6346866689
  21. ^ Piro, Nicholas De (6 August 1997). Valletta: A City Built by Gentlemen for Gentlemen. Miranda Publications. ISBN 9789990985009. Retrieved 6 August 2018 – via Google Books.
  22. ^ George Cassar (2015). "What they ate : food and foodways in Mdina and beyond From Roman times to the Middle Ages" (PDF). Um.edu.mt. Malta. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  23. ^ "Wardija Property for Sale/To Let: 3 Bedroom property - Malta Property.com". 11 April 2017. Archived from the original on 2017-04-11. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  24. ^ "A hidden gem in Wardija". Timesofmalta.com. Retrieved 6 August 2018.

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