San Gwann is mainly a residential area, located near to Sliema but away from the hustle and bustle that accompanies traditional holiday resorts. A quiet area surrounded by valleys and home to the Wied Ghollieqa Nature Reserve. The town of San Gwann, Malta, provides a tranquil backdrop and atmosphere for a relaxed stay.
Not only great for its natural surroundings and quiet nature, San Gwann has many ancient historic connections. Cart ruts can be found and although dating is not definite, it is believed to be during the Bronze age from 2300-100BC. Their function is also shrouded with a little bit of mystery with most presuming them to be a transport facility suggesting a pre-historic agricultural community living in San Gwann who farmed the fertile valleys.
Other excavations in the area revealed the remains from the Roman period. Tombs and a covered cistern were found again showing suggestions of another active community. The most famous remain is that of the Roman tower Ta' Cieda which is one of eight defensive towers built across Malta around the 3rd century.
Lanzun Tower can also be found in San Gwann - built much later and used as an observation post for advancing planes. It was unfortunately damaged during enemy action.
There are a large number of churches across Malta and Gozo, every town or village has a church typically surrounded by a town square, which is a central point of the community. San Gwann has a fantastic troglodyte church, Tal-Mensija chapel, dating back prior to the 15th Century.
The chapel is in an area of San Gwann known as Mensija (meaning ‘The Forgotten.’) The name is due to a legend about a farmer who, while digging, found a long lost Triptych (painting having 3 panels) of Our Lady. He built the chapel to honour his discovery, leaving the panel of Our Lady in the chapel. It seems that the farmer then decided to give the panel to the bishop and moved it from its original place into the bishop's residence. However the following morning the panel disappeared and was found in the original place. Legend has it that this event occurred several times and thus the triptych remains in Tal-Mensija chapel to this very day.
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