Għarb, Gozo live cam
View of the splendid Għarb Parish Church

Għarb, Gozo

Lovely town of Gozo (Għawdex), Għarb boasts very ancient origins dating back to the Neolithic and Bronze ages, an exciting archaeological site with an Arabic name meaning 'West' that would prove the presence of this population here between 870 and 1090 A.D.; some buildings still keep their original rural structure with decorated stone balconies, its ancient roots can be seen in the centre of the town through narrow and cobbled streets, alleys and rural farmhouses scattered everywhere.

Located on the most westerly place and the most panoramic and highest point of the island, the Ta' Dbiegi hill, Għarb played and important role during the Knights of St. John's period thanks to its coastal lookouts, the first to signal the arrival of enemies to the beleaguered Maltese by constantly relaying smoke signals. Today Għarb is a very quite town where it is possible to still enjoy the atmosphere of an ancient hamlet, as one of the most fertile areas of Gozo, its agricultural production is a massive part of its economy, it could be extremely easy to meet old people retaining a typical old Maltese dialect, almost non exixtent somewhere else. The craftmen also play a very important role in servicing the economy of Għarb, a great part of locals are excellent metal and textile workers, carpenters, the town is also popular for the manufacture of the unique “Gharb blade” the tradiitonal sharp knife popularly known as the 'Sikkina ta' l-Għarb'; a tour of this lovely town should include a visit to the Għarb Folklore Museum located in a privately-owned house from the early 18th century, 28 rooms host a large collection of antique tools and artefacts, unique memories of a glorious past and popular traditions. Għarb is not so large if compared with other major places, however historically, it played an important role in safeguarding Malta, moreover lovers of nature will enjoy its natural beauty and peacefulness while history-lovers will be delighted to find so many reminders of a rich past. Għarb locals are still very traditional, their ways of life are strongly rooted in simplicity as Gozo history and culture have to teach...

Among its architectural attractions the splendid baroque Parish Church is worth a visit, built between 1699 and 1729 it is commonly known as Church of the Visitation (Il-Bażilika u Kolleġġjata tal-Viżitazzjoni) dedicated to the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Elizabeth, the church boasts two twin clock-towers, a façade of extraordinary beauty adorned with three female figure, Faith situated above the main door, Hope with the ancor and Charity situated at its sides; the interior is elegant, splendid the Visitation and the altarpiece, a personal gift of the Grandmaster de Vilhena. The feast day is on the 31st May of every year, however the outside festivities are held on the first weekend of July.

Cam on-line since: 10/24/2014

Comments

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    • 3 days ago
    • Christine Beal

    No picture after the advert

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    • 6 days ago
    • Rob Fenton

    Wonderful mass this evening. Praise be to God.

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    • 6 days ago
    • Rob Fenton

    Dear lord, thank you for the beauty and the people of Gozo. My heart longs to be there. My you bless the Gharb and all the villagers Amen.

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    Just watched Gharb for a few minutes ,never seen so much traffic in such a short time. Gan canny folks an nee dunchin.

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Philip Woods

    CDR: The Council usually get it sorted quickly! The Mayor, David, is always on top of such things!

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • C D R

    what happened to the camera in the interior of the church ? I love to watch the Mass there

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Liz

    Church looks beautiful

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    • 2 months ago
    • Izzy

    Mike Smith, you messaged you lived in Gozo. This is a really nice webcam with sound, near you?

  • avatar
    • 3 months ago
    • viv

    Happy Easter to all in Gharb, stay safe and well everyone

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    • 3 months ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    Happy Easter to you all at Gharb local council.

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    • 3 months ago
    • Gharb LC

    Happy Easter to all followers. Stay Safe.
    Mayo

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    • 4 months ago
    • Valéria Freitas

    This birdsong enchants me a lot.

  • avatar
    • 8 months ago
    • Carol Ex

    Looks like there is going to be a service of some kind this evening. Lets hope it doesn`t rain.

  • avatar
    • 8 months ago
    • Jon

    500 more views to go and it's 1.5 million! Been a great camera this one.

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    • 8 months ago
    • Crispin Hall

    Windy windy weather on the way I see for for Gozo over the next few days - watch out for flying fish !

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    • 8 months ago
    • viv

    Nearly time for the tree to go up on the roundabout! I love seeing this church lit up at Christmas.