Birkirkara Malta is the second largest town in Malta, it is located in the central area of Malta. Birkirkara population is around 25 thousand and the town is set in a valley, Birkirkara means ‘running water’ or ‘cold water’ with water flowing in from nearby Naxxar, Attard and Balzan. Birkirkara Malta is largely commercial but there are still some great places to visit in Birkirkara Malta.
Things to see in Birkirkara
There are four main attractions in Birkirkara. St Helens Church was built back in 1727 and is considered by some Malta’s most attractive and beautiful church, it’s famous bell which is the largest in Malta was installed in 1932. St Helens is the main religious feast in Birkirkara, a procession takes place and a statue of St Helen, made by Salvu Psalia in 1837, is carried and paraded through the streets. The procession takes place annually on the first Sunday after the 18th August.
There are only a few of remaining windmill’s on Malta and Gozo, located on the Naxxar Road you will find Ta Ganu Windmill. The windmill has recently been restored and is a great example of an eighteenth century windmill.
Although only sections still remain, you can view part of the 10 mile (16km) aquaduct that originally brought water to Rabat from Valletta. The Aqueduct was built in 1610 by Grand Master Wignacourt.
You will not find a modern train in Malta, all transport is now via road, sea or foot however, an old railway station is located in Birkirkara. The single line track used to run from Rabat to Valletta and was in operation from 1883 to 1931, Birkirkara was known as the central station and a large strategic importance along the route. You can visit the old station, railway , public gardens and play area.