Ex­plore one of Malta’s old­est vil­lages on an FAA cul­tural tour

Malta Independent - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE -

Lo­cated in the south­east of Malta, Qrendi is rich in an­cient build­ings and at­mo­spheric streetscapes.

Her­itage lovers are in­vited to join this FAA cul­tural walk when Qrendi Mayor David Schem­bri will be tak­ing us on a three-hour tour of Qrendi’s her­itage gems, in­clud­ing the Maqluba sink­hole and the nearby chapel ded­i­cated to St Matthew which will be opened spe­cially for the FAA group. The tour will pro­ceed to the Ġnien talK­mand (Com­man­der’s Gar­den) set up by Sir Alexan­der Ball, and visit the Santa Ka­te­rina chapel, where ex­pert art re­storer and Bighi lec­turer David Frank Bugeja will talk about Qrendi’s art trea­sures.

Other Qrendi her­itage land­marks that we will see in­clude St Anna Chapel, Sal­vatur Chapel, the Santa Ka­te­rina wind­mill and Qrendi Parish Church, end­ing up at the Torri tal-Kava­lier, built in the late me­dieval or early Hospi­taller pe­riod, one of the old­est sur­viv­ing tow­ers in Malta and the only oc­tag­o­nal one. Be­ing pri­vately owned, this tower is not open to the pub­lic so we are de­lighted to of­fer our guests this unique op­por­tu­nity to en­joy tea/cof­fee, sand­wiches and cakes in the gar­den of what has been de­scribed as “one of the most in­ter­est­ing ex­am­ples of ar­chi­tec­tural de­vel­op­ment” in Malta.

The tour will in­clude three hours of gen­tle walk­ing there­fore we re­mind those join­ing to wear com­fort­able shoes and wa­ter­proof cloth­ing in case of rain. The walk will go ahead in case of show­ers.

Book your place early to avoid dis­ap­point­ment. Please note that this is a mem­bers-only event. For in­quiries please email ad­min@faa.org.mt or phone 20106428/79900093.

Date/Time: Sat­ur­day 15 Oc­to­ber, 1.45pm Meet­ing Point: St Matthew Chapel parvis, il-Maqluba Du­ra­tion of Walk: 3hours plus tea Price: €15pp, open to FAA mem­bers only.

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